Vision, Mission, Values: 125 Years of George Fox University

Herbert Hoover, Dr. John Minthorn and Laura Minthorn appear in this photo of Pacific Academy in front of the college building, 1885

November 30 – February 5, 2017

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When Quakers settled in the Chehalem Valley, near present-day Newberg, in the 1870s and 1880s, one of their first priorities was to establish a school that would provide Christian instruction. Friends Pacific Academy opened its doors in 1885 and expanded six years later with the founding of Pacific College. Now known as George Fox University, it is the oldest Christian college in Oregon. Throughout its 125 years, the university has maintained these principles: its vision to provide students with a Christian education; its mission to be a Christ-centered community celebrating service-led faith; and its values as a Quaker-founded school in which faith is integral to every aspect of the university.

George Fox University presents Vision, Mission Values: 125 Years of George Fox University as a celebration of their 125 years providing education to students in Oregon.  The exhibit features the unique history of the institution, including notable individuals from the history of George Fox University, their successes and contributions to the world.  George Fox University invites you to come view the challenges and successes of this nationally recognized Christian university.