From the President

A special message to parents as we welcome our students …

We welcome all of our new students!

The campus is alive and well with activity as we start the 2010-2011 year. About 665 new students joined us this fall – a number that far exceeded our expectations! This is the 12th time I have welcomed an incoming class to George Fox University and the fourth time as president of the university.

We are excited to come alongside each student, guiding them while they seek out their visions and dreams for the future. As you are aware by now, the theme for this year is for each student to “Be Known.” We take this seriously as we live out the mission of George Fox University … “a Christ-centered community that prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion.”

A week ago, a father of a new incoming student wrote to me to thank the university for our work with his son during the entire admissions process. As the son considered college, George Fox did not excite him, but he came on the visit anyway (his dad wanted him to). Here is an excerpt from the letter:

“From the first person we met in admissions, we were treated in a friendly and organized manner, and the one-page summaries of various majors that you have sitting in the waiting area began to show Luke there were many possibilities, though he was very quiet. When talking to a current student, who was asked, “Knowing what you know now as students of GFU, what advice would you have for potential students?” the current student responded in this way: “I was so stressed trying to make a college choice during my senior year of high school I almost had a nervous breakdown. While I would love you to come to GFU, I want you to know that you are going to be OK if you choose another school. Don’t have a nervous breakdown; it really will be OK.”

What impressed the father, and eventually his son, was that our primary concern was what was best for his son – not necessarily for George Fox. By the end of the day, his son did not want to leave Fox and was excited at the prospect of joining the community in the fall. 

I tell you this not to boast but to give you an example of how much we care for the students here at George Fox University. The father ended his letter by asking us to, “Please take good care of my son.” Be encouraged in knowing that, with Christ at the center and through his love, we will strive to “take good care” of your daughter or son as they seek out their potential to the fullest. Please partner with us in prayer for your daughter or son and by encouraging them, in positive ways, to be active in academic and spiritual activities. 

May the Lord richly bless you this fall.

Robin Baker