Jon R. Wallace, DBA, president
September 2, 2004
Tonight I want to talk with you about transformation. The kind Paul talks about in Romans 12:2 where he says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” But before I do, I want to do three things: I want to review the accomplishments of last year, talk about the summer just past, and share four goals for the 2004-05 academic year.
Key Accomplishments of 2003-04 (as identified by the President’s and Academic Cabinets)
- Ph.D. in Nursing Program debut, led by Marianne Hattar, DNSc
- Successful Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation visits led by Provost Michael Whyte, Ph.D.
- Move of APU Vision 2014, under the leadership of John C. Reynolds, NH Dip: Comp Sys, from assumption to a Board-approved vision supported by nine strategic priorities
- Launch of the Imago Dei diversity training under the direction of Pam Christian, Ph.D.
- Ranking in U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges
- Implementation of the Doctoral Task Force led by Aja Lesh, Ph.D., with involvement of all doctoral faculty
- Significant gains in faculty and student scholarship and the infrastructure to support it
- Aggressive hire of academic stars to match our excellent faculty, illustrated by five new hires in the School of Business
- God-honoring excellence in chapel programming
- Successful Night of Champions event, with attendance of nearly 5,000 youth resulting in hundreds of lives changed
- Participation of more than 1,000 students in discipleship groups
- More than 10,000 people sent to Mexico for annual Mexico Outreach program
- Second-place finish for Cougar athletics in the Director’s Cup, which is the combined national finishes in all men’s and women’s sports
- Presentation of a specific plan outlining our future physical campus needs in Azusa to the city of Azusa after four years of hard work by the Master Planning Committee
- The Office of Human Resources’ efforts to create an image of APU as the “employer of choice” for the recruiting and retaining of outstanding faculty and staff
- Rise of endowment value from $4,765,000 to $24,761,000, and rise of all deferred gifts, both revocable and irrevocable, from $12,200,000 to $61,646,901
Significant Summer Accomplishments
- 30th anniversary of Walkabout, the 10-day outdoor leadership training for student leaders
- Nearly 200 students serving on summer missions trips teams
- Hire of new campus pastor, Jim (Woody) Morwood
- U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges edition ranks APU 20th in the West – the third year in a row APU has received a positive listing
- All general purpose classrooms now Internet ready, equipped with projectors, screens and DVD/VCR players
- Three APU athletes compete in the 2004 Olympic Games
In addition to these accomplishments, I want to briefly share four goals for this year. They are:
- Adoption of University Positional Statements
The Board of Trustees will vote on October 1 to adopt the statements on a) Diversity; b) Human Sexuality; and c) Evangelicalism. A Board ad hoc committee that developed these statements will work during the coming year on a Community Covenant that will speak to the issue of alcohol, as well as describe how we will live together in community.
- Comprehensive Campaign
We will enter the “quiet phase” of our next comprehensive campaign.
- This summer we received a gift of $1 million, which is the first step toward constructing a new science building.
- To better support my own goal of dedicating 30 percent of my time
to external relations, I have restructured the President’s Cabinet
for maximum effectiveness. 1) David Bixby, Ed.D., will serve as the
executive vice president for advancement; 2) Terry Franson, Ph.D.,
will carry the title of senior vice president for student life/dean
of students; and 3) John Reynolds, NH Dip: Comp Sys, will serve as
senior vice president for administration.
Be reminded that these new designations do nothing to minimize the fact that the provost is the second highest administrator at the university, charged with the responsibility for the academic mission.
We will begin to develop the plan for the internationalization of APU, built on the foundation of cross-cultural study for students and faculty.
- Distributed Learning
We will lean into distributed learning for various academic programs that will enable APU to provide greater access and affordability in Christian higher education.