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Dave's To Do List: An Update

In fall of 2002, the George Fox board of trustees and President David Brandt agreed on six goals for strengthening the university as part of a three-year strategic plan. The cover story of the January 2003 university publication LIFE called the six goals "Dave’s To-Do List." Two years later, here’s the progress report:

  1. Establish and improve the financial health of the university. When undergraduate enrollment is healthy, the George Fox budget has been healthy. By averaging six-percent growth a year, the university is succeeding in its efforts to stabilize traditional undergraduate enrollment.
    Several new marketing initiatives are under way, including new institutional and sports logos, a Web site redesign, and creation of new admissions publications and a university magazine.
    To ease the university’s dependence upon tuition revenue, administrators continue to build relationships with prospective major donors. This summer, longtime friend Edgar McDowell left a gift of nearly $1 million to the university.
    This fall, the university also is taking advantage of low interest rates to refinance capital borrowings.

  2. NurseDevelop an operational definition of quality. The university administration is increasing the use of quantitative data to evaluate new and existing programs. Two years were spent reviewing programs and setting goals while producing a 500- page self-study report for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. This summer, the accreditation committee reaffirmed the university’s accreditation and commended the university for its "unified commitment to mission."

  3. Complete several important current initiatives. George Fox continues to pursue strategies to fund a new outdoor athletic field complex. A track oval and soccer, baseball, and softball fields will be constructed near the Newberg campus on property donated by Newberg business owners Joan and Ken Austin. The university’s plan to create a science education center to provide support to local K-12 schools is on hold.

  4. Bring health care programs to George Fox. The university last March announced a new bachelor’s degree in nursing. The Oregon State Board of Nursing granted developmental approval for the program, and Ronald Mitchell, former director of the Idaho State University nursing program, was hired as program director. The first nursing students are expected to graduate in spring 2008. This fall, the university admitted more than 30 freshmen who expressed interest in the major.
    Administrators also investigated the feasibility of a pharmacy program but have not established a timeline.

  5. Investigate the possible acquisition of the property belonging to Providence Newberg Hospital. George Fox officials last spring signed a letter of intent to purchase Providence Newberg Hospital and its eight acres of property adjacent to the Newberg campus. The $3 million sale became possible after Providence began constructing a replacement hospital in east Newberg. George Fox is scheduled to take occupancy in August 2006. Longterm plans for the property include construction of a new entry to the campus and a second academic quadrangle for professional and graduate programs. Plans also call for a new library/information center at the edge of Hess Creek Canyon.

  6. Prepare a new campus plan. George Fox is now finalizing a master plan for the Newberg campus. It includes plans for the hospital property and Hess Creek Canyon, which will be developed into a campus centerpiece with walking trails, bridges, and facilities overlooking the natural landscape. Plans for the Portland, Salem, and Boise facilities are being developed. Assisting with the project is national architectural, planning, and interior design firm Zimmer Gunsul Frasca partnership (ZGF) of Portland.

A Defining Chapter in the George Fox Story

After reviewing the progress of the strategic plan in October, the board of trustees approved a funding plan to ensure its success. In the next two years, George Fox plans to spend $13.4 million on four major projects (see details on inside cover of magazine). Of that total, $5.4 million is to be raised from foundations and private donations. The remainder will be funded through bond issue.

Defining Chapter Projects

Fund hospital property purchase $3 million
Launch new bachelor of science in nursing program $1.4 million
Renovate and expand Hoover Academic Building $4 million
Construct new residence hall $5 million

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