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 […]

In My Garden Grows a Melody—and Too Many Metaphors

When our children are small we send them to a place called “kindergarten” or “children’s garden.” There they learn the beginning skills. And usually after a dozen years or so of preparation they come to us here in another garden where we refine their growth, encourage them to think and help them to find and […]

Coming Together to Honor God in Convocations

“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.” Dorothy Day “Healing is impossible in loneliness; it is the opposite of loneliness. Conviviality is healing.” Wendell Berry Four times a year the university has the tradition of coming together—two commencement services […]

A True Community of Learners

As we all filed out from the University Assembly onto the Green to view the solar eclipse, I was inspired and energized by the excitement I felt around me at the wonders of God’s creation. I truly felt that we were a “Community of Learners” as we shared our gadgets, glasses and enthusiasm. I’d like […]

How Firm a Foundation? The Case for the Annual Fund.

It’s August, and across the length and breadth of North America, admission officers and senior university administrators are anxiously holding their collective breadth, waiting to see just how many students will arrive (and return) to their hallowed halls. Such is the life of the tuition/fee-dependent higher education institution and, let’s face it, with only a […]