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Azusa Pacific University's Provost, Dr. Mark StantonThank you!

50th Year Reunion

posted May 21, 2019, 5:57 PM by Theresa Crooks   [ updated May 21, 2019, 5:59 PM ]

The Office of Alumni Engagement honored the Class of 1969 at their 50th Year Reunion on May 3rd and 4th, 2019.  Sixty-one alumni and guests were celebrated by touring campus, sharing meals together, reminiscing and giving life updates, and being recognized at the Baccalaureate and Alumni Initiation and Graduation Ceremonies.  Thank you to our campus partners that assisted with the event and celebrated with us!  Please click 
here to view additional event photos. 

Nominate to the Strategic Planning Leadership Team

posted May 20, 2019, 9:13 AM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated May 20, 2019, 9:14 AM ]

Dear Members of the APU Community:

In recent meetings on the APU Azusa campus as part of his transition activities, Dr. Paul W. Ferguson, APU’s President-Elect, spoke about his plan to engage the APU community in a comprehensive strategic planning process during his first year. In this context Dr. Ferguson highlighted the critical role of a Strategic Planning Leadership Team, which he will chair, and the intention to review nominations and form a 20-25 member committee by the fall 2019 semester.

In order to meet this goal, Dr. Ferguson has regularly invited employees to nominate staff, faculty, students, and administrators for consideration. Dr. Ferguson is specifically looking for creative thought leaders who understand the key issues and challenges facing both the university and higher education, possess strong communication skills with the ability to engage diverse perspectives, and have a passion to work collaboratively to the common goal of a transformative Strategic Plan.

On behalf of the Faculty Senate, the Faculty Moderator has already facilitated a process where APU faculty had the opportunity to nominate faculty colleagues. The Faculty Moderator closed this nomination window on May 15. I am pleased to share a nomination form where you can put forward APU students, staff, and administrators. This form will close on June 7, 2019. I encourage you to thoughtfully consider the attributes Dr. Ferguson is looking for in a member of the Strategic Planning Leadership Team, and nominate APU students, staff, and administrators accordingly.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Andrew Barton, Ed.D.

Chief of Staff


Center for Vocational Ministry Receives Expansion Grant

posted May 16, 2019, 3:21 PM by Theresa Crooks   [ updated May 16, 2019, 9:07 PM ]

The APU Center for Vocational Ministry (CVM) recently received notice of award of a $936,264 expansion grant from the Kern Family Foundation for Supporting the Formation of a Positive Pastoral Identity in the Early Stages of Ministry Preparation and Engagement. This funding will help CVM expand existing programming that 
  1. Introduces high school students to a theology of business for the common good, and equip students called to vocational ministry with entrepreneurial skills www.apu.edu/yli
  2. Grow the number of students in Vocāre (APU’s 5 Year BA/MA in Pastoral Studies program), while strengthening Vocāre’s recruitment, spiritual formation, retention, graduation, and pastoral placement services www.apu.edu/vocāre
  3. Facilitate an understanding of Faith, Work and Economics (FWE) in undergraduate and graduate ministry and business students
  4. Build CVM sustainability to support activities that advance Kern Family Foundation and CVM shared goals www.apu.edu/cvm
This award is the fourth award from the Kern Family Foundation in APU’s history, second for CVM, and the sixth grant CVM has received overall since the center launched in 2016, totaling $3.1 million. Rev. Chris Adams, PhD, CVM Executive Director, and the CVM team would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Mark Stanton (Provost), Dr. Bobby Duke (Dean of Theology), Audrey Yeoh (Director of Foundation Relations), and Marta Cenac-Mehedinti (Director of Sponsored Research) for their continued support and guidance. We would also especially like to thank our new APU President, Dr. Paul Ferguson, for his early engagement and support of this proposal. 

Congratulations, Faculty Award Winners! 2019!

posted May 10, 2019, 10:27 AM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated May 10, 2019, 10:45 AM by Theresa Crooks ]

2019 Faculty Awards Luncheon
Hosted by Provost Mark Stanton
Monday, May 6, 2019

Five-Year Extended Term Contracts

Eugene Alcalay, DMA
Mark Arvidson, PhD
Paul Boles, PhD
Jessica Cannaday, PhD
Jenss Chang Mills, PhD
Stephen Childs, MFA
Christopher S. Collins, PhD
Michelle Cox, PhD
Rukshan Fernando, PhD
Timothy Finlay, PhD
Marsha Fowler, PhD
Adam Green, PhD
Nabil Hanna, MD
Alexander Jun, PhD
Jennifer Livingston, PhD, ATC
Bradley McCoy, PhD
Gregg Moder, DMin
Robert Mullins, PhD
Rob Muthiah, PhD
Shaynah Neshama-Bannister, PhD, MSW
Daniel Newman, PhD
Daniel Palm, PhD
Megan Prosser, PhD
Joshua Rasmussen, PhD
Federico A. Roth, PhD
Abbylin Sellers
Kathleen Tallman, PhD
Lyrica Taylor, PhD
John M. Thornton, PhD, CPA
Don Thorsen, PhD
Theresa Tisdale, PhD, PsyD
Kent Walkemeyer, DMin 

Assistant Professor

Melissa Muddell, MSN/Ed, RN

Associate  Professor

Jenss Chang Mills, PhD
Enson Chang, PhD
Brian Collisson, PhD
Courtney W. Davis, PhD
Tamara Eichelberger, PT, CSCS, PhD, NCS
Jillian Gilbert, DSL, CLI-CA
Janet Hanson, EdD
Douglas Hume, JD
Shawna Lafreniere, PhD
Curtis Lehmann, PhD
Janette H. Ok, PhD
Lynda Reed, DNP, RN, FNP-C
Regina Trammel, PhD, LCSW


Thomas Allbaugh, PhD
Patricia Andujo, PhD
Matthew Berezuk, PhD
Rachel Castaneda, PhD
Stephen Childs, MFA
Jennifer Courduff, PhD
Terry Dobson, MFA
Nori Henk, PhD
Jennifer Livingston, PhD, ATC

Faculty Emeriti

Eric Drewry, JD, PhD
Marvin Erisman, PhD
Christopher Flannery, PhD
Elaine Goehner, PhD, RNC, CPHQ
Diane Guido, PhD
Patricia Hanes, PhD, RN, CNE
Bonita Huiskes, PhD, FNP-BC, RN
David Lambert, PhD
Jane Pfeiffer, PhD, RN
Dennis Royse, PhD
Samuel Sambasivam, PhD
Susan Warren, PhD
Roger White, PhD

Adjunct Faculty Awards

Tefera Beyene, School of Business and Management
Michael Pereira, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Catherine Hynes, School of Education
Lorraine Ronga, School of Nursing
Melisa Berry, School of Theology
Gavin Fort, Honors College

2019 Faculty Award Recipients

Alice V. Watkins Imago Dei Ethos Award:
Monica Ganas, PhD

Community Engagement Award:
Alexander Koops, DMA

University Leadership Award:
Kenneth L. Waters Sr., PhD

Undergraduate Scholarly Achievement Award: 
Dennis Okholm, PhD

Rose Liegler Graduate Scholarly Achievement Award: 
Michael Kozubek, MM

Teaching Excellence Award: 
Tolulope Noah, EdD

Chase A. Sawtell Inspiration Faculty Award:
Dennis Royse, PhD

Congratulations, APU Faculty!

Photos by APU student HyunJun David Kim - Link to the folder of all photos.

Finish Line Scholarship

posted Apr 29, 2019, 2:05 PM by Theresa Crooks   [ updated Apr 29, 2019, 2:12 PM ]

The Office of Alumni Engagement in partnership with Student Financial Services awarded scholarships to help students cross the finish line at commencement. Four undergraduates, one professional, and two graduate students received funding to pay off their final balance. Read about a few of the recipients below: 

Evelyn Gonzalez Caro

“This scholarship is the reason I am able to graduate and walk the stage. Financial hardship has been a continuous obstacle throughout my undergraduate career, but God always provides. Every semester when I thought I would not be able to pay my balance and register for classes, the Lord provided with a financial opportunity. This scholarship truly represents the final push before the end of the race.”

Linny Ponce

“If it weren't for the endless support that we student receive from donors that help student accomplish their educational goals, this fuel that holds the dreams and aspirations of student in college, wouldn't be there. They help lift us up!”

Jeslin Preap

“I would like to say that your help does not go unnoticed by the families and individuals greatly impacted by your donations. You have impacted the lives of countless individuals and personally have impacted my family and I. Your generousness reflects the love and generosity of Christ and I am inspired by your heart!”

Yesenia Ortega

“This scholarship was the light when it all seemed so dark and I sat in my room wondering how I would continue. Without this scholarship, I would not be able to go forward. Now, thanks to the Finish Line scholarship. I am able to continue my dream of becoming a counselor. I can take a deep breath and say I did it!”

Financial Update from Ross Allen - April 29,2019

posted Apr 29, 2019, 8:47 AM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated Apr 29, 2019, 8:48 AM ]

We’ve made significant progress on our financial results. Congratulations on this impressive accomplishment. I know this has been a challenge and required sacrifice from each of you. Thank you.

The result of that is a decrease in spending compared to last year of $9.5 million through the first three quarters. This sets the pace for the results we need as of our year-end of June 30. Thanks in advance for your continued discipline as we finish the year.

Our outside financial partners are impressed with our year-to-date results. I held calls last week with Moody’s, Wells Fargo, and the Public Bondholders. Each of them congratulated us on the results. 

As I’ve noted before, I’ve been through multiple similar challenges. This organization’s sacrifice, discipline, and resolve stands above any of them. You’ve demonstrated significant financial stewardship, and I cannot thank you enough.

The financial highlights report for March can be found here and attached below.

Fiscal Priorities Survey Results

posted Apr 29, 2019, 8:46 AM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated Apr 29, 2019, 8:56 AM ]

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Fiscal Priorities Survey from the President’s Council. I am aware that this survey was uncomfortable at best, and I am grateful that you were willing to engage in the process of considering these financial options from university and personal perspectives. The survey was sent to all faculty and staff and we received 848 responses by the time it closed on Monday. We have already begun to process the survey results at OPs, Office of the President, and President’s Council. Ross Allen, CFO, and I have read through the 40 plus pages of qualitative comments carefully and I provided an overview of the results to President’s Council. President Ferguson has been actively engaged in these discussions.

I saw several themes in the qualitative comments. One of the most prevalent themes was that of commenting on the survey itself. Many people expressed appreciation for the survey and the opportunity to give input, while many others questioned the motives behind the survey, wondering if the answers would be used to check a box or provide political cover. I want to assure you that we truly wanted to receive your input on these important issues. A large group of people noted that the survey felt nearly impossible to respond to, saying versions of “all of these choices are important” or pointing out that there are “no good choices here.” Unfortunately, this is factually accurate. There are many difficult choices that must be made because we do not have sufficient funds to cover everything we need to do. Several people mentioned what I feel now was the biggest oversight of the survey: the lack of questions about the elimination of administrative positions. They are right! This was a major miss in the survey. It should have been an item so that you could voice your views on that issue directly, versus just in the comments section. I will say that we are aware of those concerns and it has been part of the discussion in many meetings about FY20.

A second major theme was an expressed commitment to prayer—prayers for wisdom, faithfulness to our mission, and for the leadership while these challenging decisions are being made. I am personally grateful for your continued prayers for APU’s fiscal health. Thank you.

Another theme was around the importance of showing faculty and staff how respected and important they are to the success of this institution. Indeed, APU is a people-centered institution, and one person’s advice to “remember to steward your current faculty and employees well” resonated with me. Along those lines, there were many expressions of intense concern about the comparison of our wages to our peers and the need to rectify discrepancies as well as the absolute need for healthy retirement benefits in order to attract and retain the talent APU needs. These comments accord with the survey responses that highlight the need for salary increases, restoration of retirement benefits, and saving faculty and staff positions. I would say that the survey really highlighted these concerns and I want you to know that they are a priority for leadership as we plan for next year and beyond.

In addition, in Academic Cabinet and OPs Committee this week, we had discussions about the impact that gathering together for meals has on morale. Although we can’t return to some of our previous practices, we recognize the need to provide food or refreshments at some gatherings again. We are currently considering guidelines for next year that will allow us to reinstitute some of these opportunities within our fiscal plan.

Finally, several respondents gave specific input on the financial priorities, advocating for a balance between short-term and long-term outcomes, and on strategic actions instead of across-the-board actions. In other words, people want to see us fix the right problems as an institution instead of allocating budget as band aid solutions to areas that are broken. Then, there were a number of specific suggestions that we will consider.

I really appreciate that you took the time to provide your perspectives. Some of the comments rightfully challenge past actions and we receive those with a view to the future -- focused on how we can manage well the institution God has given us to steward. The entire leadership team takes their responsibility seriously and we are committed to creating fiscally sustainable models that demonstrate academic and co-curricular quality and concrete demonstrations of care for all faculty and staff.

Mark Stanton, Ph.D., ABPP


What follows is all of the quantitative data that were sent to us in a report from APU’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, which ran the survey independently of the Office of the President or Provost. These data have not been altered in any way. They are presented in three sections.

In Section 1, you were asked to rank your highest priorities. There are different ways to view the results. For instance, you can see readily that “saving staff and faculty” positions received the most #1 priority votes. If you combine the two restoration of retirement benefits items, they were #2. Alternatively, if you look at the items that received the most total votes (combining all three priority votes), the “annual salary increase” is #1 at 531, while saving staff and faculty positions is #2 at 517, with restoring some level of retirement benefits as #3 at 503. However, if you combine the two retirement restoration items, it was the highest combination of all priority votes (503 + 368 = 871).

Red = 1st priority      Black = 2nd priority Gray = 3rd priority

In Section 2, you were asked to rate particular items on a scale of importance. The results below demonstrate your responses. For example, item 4 regarding restoration of some level of retirement benefits was endorsed as important-very important-essential by 97% of you (82% rated it very important-essential). Similarly, over 95% indicated that building a savings account to provide financial security was important-very important-essential.

Section 3 was the most challenging section, according to the qualitative comments. No one liked having to choose between two important items. The reason this section was posited this way is because this is the exercise that the President’s Council has been engaging in recent weeks as we recognize that limited revenue will force us to make difficult choices. The item that received the highest endorsement was “Some increase in salaries and some restoration of retirement benefits” at 81.3%. This is parallel with the fourth binary choice, where 70.39% chose the same option in contrast to higher restoration of retirement benefits alone. See the variety of perspectives below:

Enrollment Update from Heather Petridis

posted Apr 28, 2019, 11:10 PM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated Apr 29, 2019, 8:52 AM ]

I am happy to report that we are o
n track to hit our likely case scenario for fiscal year 2019; we are exceeding budget for graduate and professional students and slightly short for traditional undergraduate students. There's been no substantive change since fiscal year 2019 data was last reported.

With fiscal year 2020 goals not yet approved by the board and the May 1 deposit date upon us, we are well positioned to meet or exceed the graduate and professional student fall projections

APU's traditional undergraduate student population continues to follow national and California state private high school trend lines. Our tentative budget projections are conservative and will be closely monitored.  

We are still on track to realize a freshman class of 1,000 to 1,050 students and an overall full-time equivalent of between 4,500 and 4,600 students. Last year's traditional undergraduate students full-time equivalent was 4,931 for fall and 4,412 for spring. Part of the reason for the decline is that we anticipate that about 80 more students will complete their degrees this spring/summer than last year—875 to 880 as compared to 802.

Additional strategies to strengthen admitted student yield as well as manage melt will continue well into the summer. The faculty contribution to retention strategies in particular remains paramount as retention rates have dipped considerably in recent years. We are grateful for all that the faculty have contributed this year in both new student recruitment and retention efforts at all degree levels. Thank you!

Heather Petridis, Ph.D.
Chief Enrollment Officer

Board of Trustees Update

posted Apr 26, 2019, 1:36 PM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated Apr 26, 2019, 2:04 PM ]

Since his appointment as APU's 17th president, Dr. Ferguson has started off strong, with multiple days on campus in April and more planned for May. He has met with Faculty Senate, President's Council, Diversity Council, Staff Council, Academic Cabinet, the provost, and other senior leaders. He will attend the full board meeting in May.  

Although still employed full time at Biola and not formally working for APU until June 1, Dr. Ferguson has immersed himself in the life of the university.  He and his wife, Grace, are also busy planning their move to the Azusa area. Dr. Ferguson, as an experienced academic leader, brings high energy to the campus with an emphasis on consensus-based strategic planning and data-driven decision making. His warm and engaging style has been well received by the student body.

Elizabeth Maring
Board Liaison

Internship Grants Available

posted Apr 24, 2019, 2:20 PM by Theresa Crooks   [ updated Apr 24, 2019, 2:21 PM ]

The Center for Career and Calling is pleased to offer internship grants to support students in their career pursuits this summer. Grants will be awarded to any returning APU student (as of Fall 2019) based on completed application and availability of funds. Applicants are eligible for internship grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 for Summer 2019.

Please share this link with students who are interested in applying: https://bit.ly/2DhWjA2

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