Since moving to the San Gabriel Valley in 1946, Azusa Pacific University and the city of Azusa have partnered in programs supporting education, safety, community, and development. And after the university readied a proposal for future campus development in 2002, APU continued this relationship by giving the community an opportunity to provide input on the plans, and voice their thoughts, dreams, and concerns.
“We are excited to share our ideas with the community and hear their feedback,” said David Bixby, Ed.D., executive vice president for advancement and co-chair of the university’s campus development plan. “By partnering with our neighbors, we can work together to create an engaging living-learning environment that benefits the entire community.”
Several hundred Azusa residents turned out for four community forums on the plan. The first two, held October 1 and 5, 2002, focused on listening to Azusa residents and business owners, while the second set of meetings, held October 26 and 29, 2002, allowed the university to present a proposal that addressed community concerns and incorporated important ideas.
“At the community forums, we listened carefully to our neighbors and found that the issues close to their hearts are important to us too,” said Jon R. Wallace, DBA, president. “We were energized by the dialogue surrounding the new elements of the campus with the broader community, inviting them to join us as we celebrate the community of students, faculty, and staff.”
With statistics showing a 15 percent increase in college-bound students over the next decade, APU’s campus development plan addresses this need by replacing existing structures with state-of-the-art facilities. Included are improvements such as a science building, a 3,000-seat public performing arts center, a new School of Music building, and residence halls. Each facility brings opportunities for more quality education programs and revitalized spaces where students and the community can interact.
“Azusa Pacific is proud of its association with Azusa, and this campus development plan represents our commitment to the city we call home,” said Wallace. “These improvements will benefit future generations of Azusans as the university continues to prepare disciples and scholars, many of whom will serve as teachers, nurses, health care professionals, business leaders, and pastors within this community.”