"The FPU Idea is the vision that drives this university!" D. Merrill Ewert, President
The Fresno Pacific Idea reflects the university's interpretation of what it means to be a community of learners committed to a distinctive vision of Christian higher education. The Idea serves as a center for reflection and action and as a guide for forming a vision of the future. Rooted in the past and continuously re-shaped by the present, the Idea provides a foundation for the university's understanding of itself and of the mission to which it is called.
On September 13, 2002, Dr. Henry Schmidt announced his resignation
as President of Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, effective June
15, 2003. Dr. Schmidt became the sixth president of the MBBS in Fresno,
California in 1993, having served on the faculty of MBBS for a total of
34 years. Board of Directors' Chair Cal Bergen says, "It is with
profound regret that we accept Dr. Schmidt's resignation. He has been a
strong leader over the past decade, and has reshaped the seminary,
bringing it closer spatially and philosophically to our constituencies.