University and community leaders and others celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Fresno Pacific University Visalia Campus June 12, 2023, with a public reception.

The event was from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at the 35,000-square-foot campus, 245 N. Plaza Drive in Visalia. Guests toured the grounds and met staff, faculty and administrators, including FPU President André Stephens, Ph.D., and Interim Provost, Sherri Hughes, Ph.D. Among the local leaders present was Brent Calvin, president/superintendent of College of the Sequoias. U.S. Congressman Jim Costa, California State Assemblymember Devon Matthis and the Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County were among those who sent greetings and/or were represented by staff. 

Since 2003, the university has awarded nearly 3,800 degrees to students at its Visalia locations, including 3,124 undergraduate degrees and 673 graduate degrees. The campus offers accelerated bachelor’s degree completion programs along with master’s degrees and credentials, and the building’s rooms are frequently used by community organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and for events including food and toy drives.

To encourage more students to enroll in college, Fresno Pacific and Visalia Unified School District recently signed an agreement guaranteeing admission at the university, along with a minimum financial aid package, to qualified high school students in the district.

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PHOTO: Balloons decorate the lobby of the FPU Visalia Campus. (FPU photo)


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations