After considerable, prayerful reflection, I have informed the APU Board of Trustees of my intent to retire from the APU Presidency by the end of the Fall 2021 semester.
Grace and I have been honored and grateful to serve APU since April 2019. We remain inspired by the remarkable students, faculty, and staff who comprise this Christ-centered University. These times have been immensely challenging for higher education leaders, yet with the diligent and tireless work of the APU Community, APU is now an institution characterized by:
- Development and implementation of a comprehensive, consensus-based, seven-year Strategic Plan, Renewal: Strengthening Our Capacity for Cultivating Christ-Centered Scholars and Leaders. This Plan has the potential to solidify long-term financial sustainability, organizational effectiveness, relevant academic programming, and robust commitment to employee professional development while confirming APU’s place as a leading Christian University providing inclusive academic excellence.
- Engagement of faculty, staff, and students with a new, diverse, and talented Leadership Team committed to building strong, collaborative relationships.
- Increasing fiscal stability and accountability coming out of the 2018 APU fiscal challenges.
- Steady guidance of the University through the unprecedented 2020-21 COVID-19 pandemic, heightened national racial tensions and partisan politics while carefully and effectively balancing institutional fiscal discipline and community care with anticipation of a safe, strategic return to campus in mid-2021.
Through it all, it has been my desire to model servant leadership in all aspects of the Presidency and promote Christ-centered academic excellence. Now that we have built a strong bridge to the future, Grace and I feel this is the right time for our leadership role to end. After 40 years in higher education, we look forward to retirement with our family on the East Coast and opportunities to pursue new avenues of service and ministry.
I am confident that APU is in a better place with a bright future advanced by Renewal. The Board of Trustees has been gracious and supportive of our decision and is committed to ensuring a smooth transition for the APU Community.
With profound love and appreciation,
Paul W. Ferguson, Ph.D., DABT President