Fresno Pacific Unviersity
1717 S Chestnut Ave Fresno, CA 93702
3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 28, 2017, The Inauguration of Joseph Jones, Ph.D., as thirteenth president of Fresno Pacific University. Open to the public, admission is free. Special Events Center, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Seating is limited, so please RSVP at fpu.edu/inauguration or by calling 559-453-7135. Watch the ceremony live at fresno.edu/live. Joseph Jones, Ph.D., comes to FPU from Forman Christian College (FCC), a chartered university in Lahore, Pakistan, where he was vice rector (provost) starting in 2015. In addition to being chief academic officer, his responsibilities included academic administration, marketing communications and enrollment management. Forman offers programs from kindergarten to the Ph.D. and is the third-oldest university in the country’s history, with 6,347 students, 220 full-time faculty and over 21,700 registered alumni. Prior to FCC, Jones spent more than two decades at colleges and universities in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, a group of faith based Christ-centered educational institutions. An ordained, licensed minister, Jones graduated with a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice with cognates in planned change, restorative justice and administration from the University at Albany, part of the State University of New York system. His M.S. in Psychology is from Oklahoma State University and his B.A. in Psychology is from Colby College. Jones and wife Yvette have two adult daughters. __________ Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. More than 4,00 traditional and adult students attend classes on the main campus in southeast Fresno or regional campuses in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches about 10,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university, is a Hispanic Serving Institution, with a Hispanic student population of 35 percent, and is one of the top 10 HSIs nationally in graduating Hispanic students. The Valley’s only comprehensive Christian university granting master’s degrees, the university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top tier among western universities—master’s category by U.S. News & World Report. FPU is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church, and all employees express a personal Christian commitment and support the Christian mission of the university. A description of the unique quality of FPU as an academic community can be found in the Fresno Pacific University Idea at fresno.edu/about/fpu_idea.
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