Pamela Jolicoeur ’69, former provost and sociology professor at California Lutheran University, died unexpectedly after suffering a stroke. She worked at the Thousand Oaks university for more than 30 years before leaving as provost in 2004 to become the 10th president of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. Jolicoeur was 65.  “This is a devastating day for all of us in the Concordia community,” said Ron Offutt, chairman of Concordia’s Board of Regents.  Jolicoeur suffered the stroke at home and was in a hospital in serious condition when she died.  “To say that people here are devastated would be an understatement,” Karin Grennan, CLU’s media relations manager, said in an e-mail.  Leanne Neilson, CLU’s current provost, agreed. “She made such an impact at Cal Lutheran, we are just in shock,” Neilson said. “She will be greatly missed.”  Jolicoeur was a member of the sociology faculty at CLU until 1993, when she became vice president for academic affairs — a post she held until being named CLU provost in 1996.  While at Concordia, Jolicoeur presided over a $100 million capital campaign, including the construction of a campus center.  Concordia is a private, four-year liberal arts college in northwestern Minnesota. Established in 1891, it has 2,815 students and 220 faculty members.  Jolicoeur was among a group of U.S. college presidents invited by former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice to participate in a summit on international education.  Jolicoeur graduated from Santa Clara University and earned a doctorate in sociology from Purdue University.  She still owned a home in Thousand Oaks and would often visit the area, her friends said.  She is survived by a daughter, Jessica, and husband Mike Doyle, a retired professor from CLU.

08 Nov 2018