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Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, California
Date Posted 03/02/2022
Executive-President and Chancellor
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline 04/01/2022

Presidential Search

The Board of Trustees of Fresno Pacific University (FPU) invite nominations and applications for the position of president.

Fresno is the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, the nation’s leading agricultural area. But the city—fifth largest in California and largest in the Valley—also enjoys a truly urban scene with tech, music, theater, museums and cultural venues and baseball. Its central location in the state is just hours away Bay Area, Los Angeles and three national parks, including the iconic Yosemite, as well as beautiful Pacific beaches and the snow-capped Sierra Nevada.

Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that couple academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation in a community that honors Christ and supports students. Traditional and adult students study on the main Fresno campus, which includes Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary, or at regional campuses throughout California’s Central Valley, as well as online. FPU’s strong graduation rate includes its Latinx and first-generation students, each making up about half the student body, and the university is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution. FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and the seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Seminaries.

FPU seeks an accomplished leader who is also an effective and selfless team player; someone who will be the respected head of a Christian university serving traditional undergraduate students, adult degree completion students and graduate students, all while working with the Board of Trustees in implementing a progressive and evolving strategy for growth. The ideal candidate will possess the experience, skills and drive required to help shape the future of this innovative and progressive institution, while exemplifying the character and ethics expected in a highly visible and trusted Christian university and community leader.

The new president will be a servant-leader who possesses a terminal degree and a deep appreciation of the value of Christian higher education. The president will embrace the Confession of Faith and values of the Mennonite Brethren.

A complete Position Profile may be found at https://www.agbsearch.com/active-searches. Additional information about Fresno Pacific University can be found at https://www.fresno.edu/.

Applications should be submitted electronically in Word or PDF format to: FPUPresident@agbsearch.com

The Fresno Pacific University Presidential Search Committee will begin reviewing and evaluating applications as they are received and will continue to accept and review credentials until a new president is selected. To ensure fullest consideration, candidates are advised to submit their materials by April 1, 2022.

Application materials should include:

  • A Letter of Interest that responds to the Opportunities & Challenges and the Qualifications & Qualities of the Next President sections of this profile.
  • A current CV or resume.
  • The names and contact information (telephone and email) for five references, none of whom will be contacted until a later stage of the search or without the formal permission of the candidate. All inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in confidence.

Please direct inquiries and nominations to:

Richard W. Wueste, J.D.

Executive Search Consultant, AGB Search

(540) 431-5131


Julie Staggs, Ed.D.

Executive Search Consultant, AGB Search

(571) 970-7895


Fresno Pacific University is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic or social background, sex, age or disability. Committed to excellence and actively supportive of cultural diversity, FPU invites individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply.

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