New Board Members
The university’s board of trustees added three new members. Joining were Brenda Dizer, a project manager for Intel; Deborah Martin, a community human services manager for the State of Oregon; and Steve Tatone, CEO of accounting firm AKT Services.
Dizer, a resident of Tigard, Ore., works for Intel’s Oregon fabrication materials division in Hillsboro, Ore. She earned an MBA from George Fox in September of 2004.
Martin lives in Portland and, in addition to her management duties with the Permanent Planning Unit of the state’s Department of Human Services, has been a youth pastor at churches in the Portland area.
Tatone, of Salem, Ore., leads a company that specializes in serving public utilities, with offices in Oregon and India.
The 39-member board includes community members, civic and political leaders, business owners, and others.
Engineering wins ABET
The university’s engineering department received a boost in August with news that the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, the national accreditation body of engineering, had approved the department’s bid for accreditation.
George Fox is now one of only five universities in Oregon with ABET accreditation. George Fox is also one of only 13 institutions in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities to offer a four-year engineering program with ABET accreditation. The CCCU has 105 members in North America and 71 affiliate institutions in 24 countries.
George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering.
George Fox University has lost two men significant in the history of its seminary. Former deans Arthur Climenhaga and James Field died just over a month apart.
Climenhaga, who was academic dean in the 1970s, died suddenly April 25 at the age of 88 while on a day hike in a park in West Virginia. He and his wife, Lona, were living in Pennsylvania.
Field, vice president and dean of the seminary in the 1980s, died May 28 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is survived by his wife, Marj.
In the News
George Fox University is 18th in its category in this year’s ranking of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report magazine. Maintaining the same overall score it had a year ago, the university continues in the top tier of the “Best Universities — Master’s” west region category. Sixty-five colleges and universities are selected in the top group which this year combines the first and second tiers.
Additionally, the Princeton Review again named George Fox University as one of its “Best in the West” selections. The university is one of 122 colleges and universities listed from 15 western states. The Princeton Review rankings consider academics, quality of life, admissions selectivity, and financial aid. George Fox students were invited to participate in an online survey hosted by the magazine questioning them on each category hosted by the magazine.