The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther, Dr. of Theology, planted on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, in Saxony, Germany, 95 theological theses for discussion and debate. It was the standard academic procedure for announcing a debate. Soon, very soon, his words (not couched in formal academic prose and occasionally satirical and acerbic) […]


After many years, I am on my first full-fledged sabbatical. The last 19 years of administration made it difficult to take an extended period of time for study, reflection, and writing or creation of some kind. That, by the way, is a definition of a sabbatical. It is not just time off, but time for […]

What A Ride!

In about a week I will move back from my role as provost/senior vice president into the faculty to teach a variety of history classes and business ethics, a topic that caught my attention a number of years ago and to which many of us need to pay attention. I hope to dabble in a […]

June 2016 Board Meeting Highlights

Don Griffith, Chair, FPU Board of Trustees The FPU Board of Trustees concluded productive meetings on Friday and Saturday of last week. These were positive meetings, in large measure due to the hard work of the faculty and staff over this past year, acting together to achieve a balanced budget, make progress on the strategic […]

FPU Year Round

It seems like we just celebrated commencement, and we did, less than a month ago. And now a new fall semester starts on July 1. What is going on here? What happened to the old fall, spring academic year? This is one of those changes we talk about but may not see unless we are […]

Biblical Wisdom as Well as Knowledge

I regularly am asked how biblical studies are included in FPU’s degree completion bachelor’s-level programs. I am also asked how professional programs integrate the liberal arts and sciences into the curriculum. It’s all about the creative construction of each program and how topics are blended to appeal to the professional needs of students, to prepare […]

The Week to Celebrate

By Thursday evening finals will be over. Whether graduating students actually finished a couple of months ago or have a class that lasts a couple of weeks further into May, all will have a chance to celebrate at commencement on Friday evening at Selland Arena in downtown Fresno. If it seems that commencement ceremonies come […]