A Message to the APU Community from Interim President Barton: For This Season

Dear APU Students,

Tomorrow, I formally begin my service to the Azusa Pacific community as Interim President. I am grateful for the many expressions of encouragement and prayerful support, and look forward to building upon my 15 years of commitment to advancing APU’s Christ-centered mission to develop disciples and scholars.

As I approach this season and steward the role, I am mindful of the women and men who have similarly sought to provide leadership, from the Training School of Christian Workers in 1899 to Azusa Pacific University. I will seek to honor their legacy by leading with integrity, compassion, and courage. In this light, I want to express deep thanks to President Ferguson for his leadership of APU, especially through the unique challenges of a global pandemic.

I am so thankful you chose Azusa Pacific University as your preferred destination in which to learn and engage with faculty and staff who seek to support your holistic growth and success. You are important members of the APU Community which has a God First legacy of more than 120 years! I look forward to future opportunities to meet you in and outside of the classroom, at events, and simply walking around the Azusa and regional campuses. Please feel free to introduce yourself.

As we approach the seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas, let us draw near to God and one another with thankful and hopeful hearts.

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20)


Andrew Barton, EdD Interim President