Appreciating Quality and Mission

One of the really enjoyable parts of my work is visiting classrooms. I do this to keep in touch with students and faculty, and to maintain a sense of what is happening, from changes in teaching to student needs to the mood around FPU campuses. Two weeks ago I visited three classes in the Merced […]

5 Years Later

In early 2010 the mission and assets of the MB Biblical Seminary in Fresno were transferred to Fresno Pacific University. What is commonly called “the merger” was legally and functionally complete by that summer, and the seminary faculty and staff started the 2010 academic year as employees of the university. It was a time of […]

Distinguishing in the Midst of Change

In times of change in any area of our lives, some of us see opportunity all around. The old restrictions seem to melt away, and opportunities for new activities and new relationships seem abundant. In those same times, others of us feel anxiety and uncertainty. The familiar and comforting patterns melt away, and forces we […]

Trusting the Process

Trust the process. It’s a common refrain in the theory and practice of organizational and personal change or decision-making. Often there appears to be inadequate progress toward the desired conditions. Things seem to be moving too slowly to get where we need to be by the time we need to be there. It may even […]

Taking a Long View

We are two weeks into the first semester of the traditional school year (six weeks into the non-traditional). All students should be registered, and the first good reports are in for managing the university. By good I mean complete or useful. The first reports are a mix of good and not-so-good news. Enrollment could have […]

Teenage Groups in Adult Organizations

No one becomes a mature adult without passing through the often challenging stage of development that we know as “being a teenager.” The final part of that stage is the typical college years from about age 18 into the early 20s. It is the time when many major life decisions are made about one’s independent […]

We’re All in this Together

Well, we have started the year. Students are back. And it was a different start for some of us, and a remarkable beginning from my point of view. In last week’s Connecting Points President Kriegbaum laid out the last-minute challenges posed by the Rough Fire, still uncontained as I write. It had been planned that […]