George Fox Evangelical Seminary will change its name in January to Portland Seminary – a move that will help strengthen its regional presence and expand its national outreach, according to seminary leadership.
Located at the university’s Portland Center campus, Portland Seminary will continue to be a part of George Fox University. The new name will, however, be accompanied by more options in curriculum and course delivery for masters students. The seminary’s marketing strategy, meanwhile, will focus on its new, more memorable name that projects a sense of place.
The announcement, still pending accreditation approval as of press time, comes a little more than 20 years after the seminary’s last name change, when what was then Western Evangelical Seminary merged with George Fox in 1996. That merger led to more than one name change, as George Fox College became George Fox University.