Seeing the Possibilities: Doing the Common in Uncommon Ways

Our branding theme this year is “Possibility Happens Here.” You will find the Scriptures from Matthew 19:26 accompanying our communications about possibilities. Jesus says: “with God all things are possible.” So, this year we are looking forward to expanding the possibilities for our students and growing our engagement in Fresno and the Central Valley. Years […]

The Possibility of Substantial Significance

On a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon, I spent a little over through three hours strolling through the Alamo. I’m one of those people who really enjoys historic sites. I tend to want to read each plaque, view each highlight and I especially like the audio walking tours that many such sites now provide. In […]

Finding the Voice We’ve Always Had

“So stand with the belt of truth around your waist, justice as your breastplate, and put shoes on your feet so that you are ready to spread the good news of peace” St. Paul, to the Ephesians (6:14-15, CEB). “You know,” he said to me, “You work at the sleeping giant of the Valley!” “I […]

FPU Board of Trustees Looks to the Future with Joseph Jones

This past week the board had its very first regular meeting with Fresno Pacific University’s new president, Joseph Jones, Ph.D. The meeting featured both “business as usual” and discussions of a very promising nature regarding future possibilities at FPU. I reported to the board that “Dr. Joe” has settled in quite quickly and has capably […]

Where We are Financially: Cause for Optimism

This has been a year of ups and downs, as is so often the case at FPU, but increases in enrollment, and therefore income, along with some hopeful trends for the future, give cause for optimism. First, we’ve been blessed with some exceptional news: grad and degree completion are each about $2M ahead of budget! […]

Strategic Priorities II: Living Out the Vision

The FPU Board of Trustee’s approved Vision for the university is “… to be known for its Academic Excellence, Innovative Programming and Spiritual Vitality.” The Fresno Pacific Idea provides the philosophical framework for moving towards this vision. This semester we have coined a phrase that provides direction for its application: Engaging the Cultures and Serving […]

Presidential Priorities: Reframing Our Thinking

Fresno Pacific University has become a regional university of the San Joaquin Valley. The university extends its influence from Bakersfield to Merced through five campuses. It not only provides a Christ-centered education throughout the Central Valley, but serves as a catalyst for change in areas of spiritual development, social and cultural growth, economic development and […]

A Covenant Convocation at FPU!

Genesis 17:1-6 1 “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. 2 Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.’ 3 Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 4 ‘As […]

Enrollment Success Requires Diversified Investment

When you’re serious about investing for your long-term future, typically the first step you take is to schedule an appointment with an investment professional. And one of the first things they’ll tell you is to diversify your portfolio. You wouldn’t want to put all of your money in one type of investment, like stocks in […]