Pete Menjares, Ph.D., took the baton July 28 as the 11th president of Fresno Pacific University—and he’s already running at full speed.
Menjares got a literal hand-off from retiring President D. Merrill Ewert at the national convention of FPU’s sponsoring denomination, the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, in Omaha, receiving a baton inscribed with Hebrews 12:1: “….let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
The Fresno Pacific University Board of Trustees has selected a candidate for the university presidency.
Pete Menjares, Ph.D., was approved by the board January 27 on recommendation of the presidential search committee. He currently serves as Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Academic Effectiveness at Biola University.
John Thiesen, Chair – John Thiesen has served as the chair of Fresno Pacific University Board of Trustees for the past year and as a trustee for the past 11 years. He also has served as chair of the Board Development Committee. He is the owner of Rio Vista Fruit Farm, J&A Farms and division manager of Giumarra Companies of Reedley, California. John is a member of the Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church. He obtained his B.A. and elementary and secondary teaching credential from Fresno Pacific University.