75 Years of Possible Happens Here

This year Fresno Pacific University will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its founding in the Central Valley of California. It was started as Pacific Bible Institute by the Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches and has grown to become a Christian multicultural university with campuses in Fresno, Bakersfield, Visalia and Merced as well as […]

Roadmaps or Detours?

The corpus of our hope at Fresno Pacific University is found in the Fresno Pacific Idea, which “reflects the university’s interpretation of what it means to be a community of learners committed to a distinctive vision of Christian higher education.” In several weeks this community will convene conversations concerning the strategic direction of the university […]

Preparing for Possibilities

“The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.” – George Bernard Shaw Over the next six months, in preparation for our 75th anniversary celebration, we as a community will be identifying our priorities and direction for the next five years. In October 2015 the Board of Trustees approved a University Strategic […]

Affirming Our Vision

In his book The Dying of the Light, James Burtchaell traces the history of higher education’s relationship with the church. He documents the transition of disengagement over time, revealing the subtle acceptance of faith integration as anti-intellectual. In another discourse, George Marsden in The Soul of the American University examines the once pervasive guidance of […]

President’s Connections booklet

I hope you enjoy this collection of my writings in Connections during my first year in office, and it gives you some idea of where I see FPU headed. As we move forward, let us keep the words of Jesus in Matthew 26 in our minds and hearts: “For mortals it is impossible, but for […]

Envisioning the Future Part II 2018-19

You have heard the adage by Benjamin Franklin: “those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” Functional plans keep us on target; they guide us to an outcome and provide a roadmap to what we hope to accomplish. Proverbs 3:5,6 encourages us to: “commit our plans to the Lord and he will direct our pathway.” […]