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The Fresno Pacific Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Richard Kriegbaum, Ph.D., as 12th president of the university at a meeting September 16. In addition, they endorsed a new leadership model that increases the role of the provost. 

Kriegbaum will focus on community relations and external duties, while Provost Stephen Varvis, Ph.D., adding the title of senior vice president, assumes a larger role in the day-to-day operations of the main campus and regional centers. The changes are effective immediately.

Fresno Pacific University mourns the death of Arthur Wiebe, Ed.D., president emeritus, visionary and longtime university and community benefactor. Wiebe died Sunday, September 14, 2014. He was 94.

Fresno Pacific University continues to climb in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report rankings of American colleges and universities released September 9, 2014.

Long a top-tier institution in its category, FPU is up two spots to number 40 among regional universities west, which covers 15 states. The university’s rise in the ratings started in 2013 when U.S. News revised its formula to increase the emphasis on whether students graduate, rather than who gets admitted. That year FPU jumped 40 spots.

Other News

"Fresno's 3 college presidents to join prosperity luncheon" - The Fresno Bee, November 10, 2013

“The Challenges of College Life” Focus on the Family radio broadcast with a panel of college presidents, August 12, 2013.

Three Latinos leading higher education in the Valley - ABC Channel 30, KFSN-TV, Fresno, CA

Education: Measures help relieve budget pressures - The Business Journal (page 11)

Pete C. Menjares, Ph. D - The Business Journal
     "The Profile" (page 9)

Couple donates $750K home to Fresno Pacific - The Business Journal

Menjares takes over as FPU president - The Business Journal

Fresno County Library reading event- The Fresno Bee

Richard Kriegbaum named president- By Connie Faber

Richard Kriegbaum named president- Visalia Times-Delta

Richard Kriegbaum named president- ABC Channel 30, KFSN-TV, Fresno, CA

Richard Kriegbaum named president- Central Valley Business Times

Richard Kriegbaum named president- The Fresno Bee

Fresno Pacific students seek answers after president's abrupt resignation- The Fresno Bee

FPU students demand answers following president's resignation- ABC Channel 30, KFSN-TV, Fresno, CA

Fresno Pacific University president resigns- Visalia Times-Delta

Menjares resigns as FPU president- Christian Leader

Fresno Pacific calls former leader back- Mennonite World Review

Fresno Pacific University president resigns- The Business Journal

Fresno Pacific president Pete Menjares resigns- ABC Channel 30, KFSN-TV, Fresno, CA

Fresno Pacific president resigns, plans to relocate- The Fresno Bee

Two Weekes into School Year, Fresno Pacific President Resigns- Valley Public Radio

Arthur Wiebe, president who led growth of Fresno Pacific University, dies- The Fresno Bee

Disability organization to hold charity walk in Fresno- The Fresno Bee

New on the FPU news website is an article on 2014 enrollment, Richard Kriegbaum’s appointment as president, Pete Menjares’ resignation, Arthur Wiebe’s death and a paper presented by Darin Lenz, associate professor of history. More at