From Malaysia to George Fox University

President Robin Baker

One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job is getting to know our graduates. Recently one of our fine professors, Nate Peach, introduced me to a 2013 College of Business graduate, Iishan Low. One of our most impressive young alumni, Iishan grew up outside the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur where his mother, Terry, and father, Chin Khuan, were both Christians and raised him in the church.     

When I talk with graduates I always ask two questions: “How did you find George Fox University,” and “What was transformative for you about the educational and spiritual experience?” 

I was surprised to learn that Iishan’s family first discovered George Fox when his father browsed through Forbes’ website and noticed that our university was identified as one of the best faith-based institutions in the U.S.; that made the family stop and take a look. Prior to that, Iishan and his family had never heard of George Fox! 

While Iishan first heard about us online, what actually brought him here was the fact that we meet the two primary qualities he and his family were looking for in a college: excellent academic experience coupled with serious spiritual formation. He found them both at George Fox.  

When I asked Iishan what made the experience here special for him he immediately responded that it was the relationships formed. “It was a privilege to get to know faculty on a personal level,” he said. “Professors take time to learn who you are and to understand your goals.” For Iishan, a finance major, that faculty member was Nate Peach. While at George Fox, Iishan developed a special interest in doing research on the palm oil industry in Malaysia and its connection to genuine savings, and Nate worked with him on this research. His story is one that is often repeated here at George Fox: students and faculty in partnership with a goal of transforming the future.  

Iishan’s next step is graduate school, where he will pursue a master’s degree in economics. He applied to the University of Edinburgh, the London School of Economics and Duke University. You have to admit that is a pretty prestigious list! Even more impressive, he has been admitted to all three and is preparing to make a final decision. In the interim he is working for the state government and attending Newberg Friends Church. 

George Fox is about people, connections and relationships. In Christ we live and work together – always looking to the future. In this issue of the Journal, you will read stories of people connected to our university who are serving others. I hope these stories inspire you, but most of all I pray that they help you reflect on your own experience at George Fox and encourage you to engage with us. If you have a chance, email me with your own story. I would love to hear from you at

Robin Baker