New Leader, New Commitment

Twenty-two years ago, I sat in Ashley Auditorium with the rest of the incoming freshman. President Richard Kriegbaum came in and asked us two questions which calmed my fears about college: First, he asked, “How many of you are nervous or wondering about how you’re going to pay for college?” Almost all of us raised […]

We Came Because

One of the most common questions Yvette and I hear from people who discover we are new to the area: Why did you come to Fresno? We usually tell them we came to serve at FPU. We remind ourselves that we did not come because we were invited, but we came because we were called. […]

Times of Transition

Connecting Points readers, During this time of transition as Fresno Pacific University welcomes Joseph Jones, Ph.D., as president, along with the Independence Day holiday, there will be no Connecting Points this week. Look for the series to resume weekly starting July 12, 2017 with contributions from President Jones and other members of the FPU community. […]

A Brief Farewell Message

This is my final Connecting Points. It is brief, like this presidency, which was a couple months short of three years. By the impressively dedicated, often sacrificial and consistently competent and faithful efforts of the vast majority of faculty, staff, trustees, prayer supporters and donors, a very great turnaround was accomplished. Despite significant external and […]

A Culture of Generosity

Mark Isaac, vice president for advancement and university relations Fresno Pacific University has benefited from the generosity of individuals, churches and companies for decades, but just recently has the university focused on developing a culture of generosity. What is a culture of generosity? It is the common perspective or attitude an organization has about charitable […]

A New Season Brings the Promise of Possibilities

Guest column by Donald Griffith, chair, Fresno Pacific University Board of Trustees Life seems to have seasons and cycles with one season naturally leading to the next, often bringing with it something new and different—and occasionally something completely unexpected. While these transitions may leave one wistfully remembering the past with fondness, they also bring the […]

Three Years Running

Almost three years ago, at about 10 o’clock on Tuesday evening September 16, 2014, the members of the Board of Trustees of Fresno Pacific University called Steve Varvis and me into a special meeting and informed us that they had appointed me president of the university, effective immediately. My first official action was to name […]

In Praise of Adjuncts

Having served my share of adjunct and one-year appointments, I finally landed my first full-time tenure-track position. I had arrived! Okay, what I had “arrived at” was the opportunity to serve as the sole faculty member assigned to teach all of the history, political science and geography courses at my small institution. As a result, […]