Spring 2003

Spring 2003 State of the University Address

Campus Development – 10-20-Year Specific Plan
Over the past year, we have hosted a number of community forums to gather input on our exciting campus development plan that supports our desire to meet the needs of our future students. This collaborative effort will soon go to the Azusa City Council for approval. APU’s campus development plan addresses this need for growth by replacing existing structures with state-of-the-art facilities. Included are improvements such as a new science facility, a 3,000-seat public performing arts center, a home for the School of Nursing, academic buildings to house the growing College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, residence halls, and expanded athletic facilities. Each of these new facilities brings opportunities for more quality education programs and revitalized spaces where students and the community can interact and partner.

Partnering Together…Our Future
Our relationship with the San Gabriel Valley is not simply about numbers or accomplishments of our university. It is about people working together to create an engaging living and learning environment that encircles the entire community. I believe that together we can achieve results that, when approached alone, are difficult or unattainable. As a community of disciples and scholars, this university’s mission calls us to support and be involved with the San Gabriel Valley and our neighbors.

Located on the corner of Citrus and Alosta is a large university logo. This morning, you can find that logo on most of the material we handed out. At the center is a symbol comprised of four stones surrounding the shape of a cross. These Cornerstones represent Christ, Scholarship, Community, and Service. As you pass by and catch a glimpse of this logo, please be reminded that it also stands for our commitment as a university to partner with neighborhood cities, schools, businesses, hospitals, churches, and families in providing quality Christian higher education to the San Gabriel Valley. We are committed to the belief that transformed people can transform the world. APU is about changing lives, lives that have been changed by God, to change the world.

So that is what it all comes down to - partnering together to create strong, healthy communities, communities that will include our students, as your neighbors. I welcome your feedback, your challenges, and these partnership opportunities. We will endure this difficult time, as our roots run deep, and we depend on God.

Jon R. Wallace, DBA

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