A Legacy of Pos­si­bil­i­ties Gives Hope for a Con­fi­dent Fu­ture

Fresno Pa­cific Uni­ver­sity “En­gages the Cul­tures and Serve the Cities” of the Val­ley

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Celebratin­g 75 Years And A Legacy Of Possibilit­ies - Joseph Jones, Ph.D. Pres­i­dent, Fresno Pa­cific Uni­ver­sity

As Fresno Pa­cific Uni­ver­sity cel­e­brates 75 years, gen­er­a­tions of grad­u­ates, stu­dents, fac­ulty, ad­min­is­tra­tors, staff, board mem­bers and sup­port­ers can be proud of what we have ac­com­plished and wel­come the ac­com­plish­ments to come. As we live our call­ing to “En­gage the Cul­tures and Serve the Cities,” our his­tory serves as a legacy of pos­si­bil­i­ties that in­vig­o­rates our faith and our re­solve. We look to the fu­ture con­fi­dent that our grad­u­ates will explore new path­ways with courage, knowl­edge and hope.

Christ was our foun­da­tion when the doors of Pa­cific Bi­ble Institute opened in 1944 to 28 stu­dents, and has re­mained so as we be­came first a ju­nior col­lege, then a four-year col­lege and to­day a uni­ver­sity and sem­i­nary serv­ing more than 4,200 stu­dents with bach­e­lor’s de­grees, mas­ter’s de­grees and cer­tifi­cates at five cam­puses in Merced, North Fresno, South­east Fresno (which in­cludes Fresno Pa­cific Bib­li­cal Sem­i­nary), Visalia and Bak­ers­field. In ad­di­tion, our on­line de­gree pro­grams and con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion of­fer­ings serve thou­sands more stu­dents and pro­fes­sion­als well be­yond state and na­tional bor­ders.

Still the only ac­cred­ited Chris­tian uni­ver­sity founded in the Central Val­ley, FPU wel­comes stu­dents of all faith back­grounds, or none, to explore their un­tapped po­ten­tial for pro­fes­sional, per­sonal and eth­i­cal growth through aca­demic pro­grams and co-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties that stress solid prepa­ra­tion and a strong eth­i­cal foun­da­tion. The vast ma­jor­ity of our stu­dents are from Cal­i­for­nia, par­tic­u­larly the Central Val­ley, and most re­main here to work, live and serve. Fresno Pa­cific also of­fers di­rect out­reach through the Cen­ter for Com­mu­nity Trans­for­ma­tion, the Cen­ter for Peace­mak­ing and in other ways.

Our vi­sion of Chris­tian higher ed­u­ca­tion is em­bod­ied in the Fresno

Pa­cific Idea, which calls us to be a Chris­tian uni­ver­sity, a com­mu­nity of learn­ers and prophetic in ser­vice to church and com­mu­nity—a charge for us to fill minds with knowl­edge and hearts with faith so our grad­u­ates em­body jus­tice, rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, ser­vice and hu­mil­ity. FPU is af­fil­i­ated with the Men­non­ite Brethren Church, and all em­ploy­ees ex­press a per­sonal Chris­tian com­mit­ment and sup­port the Chris­tian mis­sion of the uni­ver­sity.

Through all that has hap­pened and in all that will, we re­main con­fi­dent that: “with God all things are pos­si­ble.”

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