Joseph Jones

Joseph Jones

published on October 25, 2017 - 10:48 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Joseph Jones will be inaugurated as the 13th president of Fresno Pacific University in a public ceremony on Saturday.

The event will be held at 3 p.m. at the Special Events Center in the southeast Fresno campus. Admission is free, but seating is limited. To RSVP, visit or by calling 559-453-7135.

Light refreshments will follow the ceremony, which will be streamed live at

The theme will be “The Great Things God is Doing at FPU.” Participants will include Pail Binion, senior pastor of West Side Church of God, Fresno; Andrea Cook, president of Warner Pacific College, Portland, Oregon; Shirley Hoogstra, president of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), Washington, D.C.; and Kim Phipps, president of Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, PA, as well as campus leaders and student music ensembles.

The Fresno Pacific University board of trustees is sponsoring the inauguration.

Jones, who started as president July 1, comes to the university from Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan, where he was vice rector (provost). In addition to being chief academic officer, his responsibilities included academic administration, marketing communications and enrollment management. Forman offers programs from kindergarten to the Ph.D. and is the third-oldest university in the country’s history, with 6,347 students.

Jones spent more than two decades at institutions in the CCCU. An ordained, licensed minister, Jones graduated with a Ph.D. in criminal justice with cognates in planned change, restorative justice and administration from the University at Albany, part of the State University of New York system. His M.S. in Psychology is from Oklahoma State University and his B.A. in Psychology is from Colby College. Jones and wife Yvette have two adult daughters.

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