President Paul W. Ferguson, Ph.D., DABT, joined KKLA 99.5 FM radio host Frank Sontag in studio on Friday, Nov. 2 to share about the exciting developments taking place at Azusa Pacific as the university renews its focus and affirms its mission to holiness and service. During the interview, available online, Dr. Ferguson recapped the first four months of his presidency, including touching upon his leadership philosophy, and he pointed to a hope-filled future for APU as a premier university of Christ-centered excellence.

The following are excerpts from the broadcast.

"I believe the most important function of a president is to bring a sense of hope so that the people believe in the vision. APU is in the midst of renewal," Dr. Ferguson said. "We are renewing our focus in role, scope, and mission."

Ferguson pointed to APU's size, programs, and Carnegie Classifications for research and engagement as attributes of a major institution. Coupled with open enrollment and a diverse learning community, he said he sees the university as uniquely positioned to share the Gospel and, "engage society without compromise."

"We have this incredible opportunity to lead the nation in faith integration," Dr. Ferguson said. "We can equip our students in a dynamic, vibrant, impactful way. We don't want anything of mediocrity for Christ. "

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From left: KKLA radio host Frank Sontag with President Ferguson