A proven academic leader highly familiar with Christian higher education has been appointed provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Fresno Pacific University.

Alison R. Noble, Ph.D., comes to FPU from Messiah University, a fellow Council for Christian Colleges & Universities member affiliated with the Brethren In Christ, a denomination related to the Mennonite Brethren, which sponsors Fresno Pacific. There since 2010, she has served as interim provost—her current position—associate provost, assistant provost and director of faculty development, special assistant to the provost and professor of chemistry.  She is an accomplished scholar and educator with a publication and speaking record in chemistry, education, and faith and learning.

“I look forward to Dr. Noble’s energizing presence on the President’s Cabinet and throughout the Fresno Pacific community,” said André Stephens, Ph.D., FPU president. “She has much to contribute as she joins us in the work of maintaining academic rigor, meeting student needs and increasing enrollment.”

Noble will start work August 5, 2024. She takes over from Sherri Hughes, Ph.D., who has served as an interim in the role since spring 2023.

The first step in effective leadership is careful and reflective listening and relationship building, according to Noble. “I seek always to promote commitment around shared purpose, celebrate successes, model respect and care to both individuals and the community, and advance the mission of the university by keeping its goals and values at the center of deliberation and decision-making. I am excited and honored to join President Stephens and the rest of the FPU community in the transformational work taking place in the Central Valley and beyond.”

Prior to Messiah, Noble was a visiting assistant professor at George Fox University and the University of Portland and a senior process engineer at Intel Corporation. She has a Ph.D., in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.S. in Chemistry from Westmont College. She is also a 2023 graduate of the Institute for Management and Leadership in Higher education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She and her husband, Niklas, have two adult children.



Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations