Timeline

From PBI to FPU

What began as Pacific Bible Institute—a fledgling Bible college for the Mennonite Brethren founded during the tumult of World War II—would grow to become one of the nation's most diverse and inclusive Christian universities.

Fresno Pacific University is an institution of faith, grit and creativity. Despite numerous challenges over more than seven decades, FPU has managed to thrive in a region plagued by low degree attainment, brain drain, limited resources and limited access. Together, we have launched more than 24,000 alumni into service and leadership in education, business, health care, human services, ministry and more.

1922
1916 Early PDC

1922
"Bethany College" is proposed to Pacific District Conference of MB Churches (PDC)

1935
1935 Edu Committee

1935
PDC creates School and Education Committee

1941
1941 Bible Institute

1941
PDC votes to establish a Bible institute

1943
1943 PBI

1943
PDC establishes "Pacific Bible Institute" as official name

1944
1944 Building purchased FPU

February 11, 1944
Building purchased at 1095 N. Van Ness

1944 First day FPU

September 18, 1944
First day of classes (28 students enrolled)

1945
1945 Spring FPU

Spring 1945
Building purchased at 2049 Tuolumne Street

1946
1946 Van Ness FPU

January 30, 1946
Campus moves from Van Ness Avenue to Tuolumne Street

1946 Commencement

June 2, 1946
First commencement

1947
1947 GWPETER FPU-3829

Summer 1947
G. W. Peters appointed as first official president (resigned August 1952)

1948
1948 accreditation FPU-10329

1948
Bible institute accreditation

1949
1949 enrollment FPU-030

1949
Enrollment peaks at 161, highest of PBI era

1953
1953 Baerg

Spring 1953
Rueben M. Baerg appointed Acting President (resigns December 1954)

1954
1954 FPU

October 1954
Mennonite Brethren establish a unified education system for PBI and Tabor College. Both institutions are governed by the same board.

1955
1955 MBBS

Spring 1955
Purchase of “Jones Property” near Chestnut & Butler Avenues

1955 B. J. Braun MBBS

May 1955
B. J. Braun appointed president of PBI & Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary (MBBS) (resigns 1960)

1955 Clark Property MBBS

Summer 1955
Purchase of “Clark Property” at Chestnut & Butler Avenues

1957 First houses MBBS

1955
First houses completed in Campus Homesites subdivision

1955 MBBS opens MBBS

Fall 1955
MBBS opens

1956
1956 Giffen Home MBBS-154

Fall 1956
Seminary moves into Giffen Home on the Clark Property

1956 liberal arts program IMG-029

Fall 1956
Creation of liberal arts program for Pacific Bible Institue

1957
1957 Butler Church

1957
Butler Church opens on land originally purchased by Board of Education

1958
1958 classroom building FPU-1385

October 19, 1958
Groundbreaking for classroom building on new campus

1959
1959 Sattler Hall

May 24, 1959
Dedication of classroom building (Sattler Hall)

1960
1960 Arthur J. Wiebe

1960
Arthur J. Wiebe appointed president

1960 PC Logo

May 1960
Name changed to “Pacific College”

1960 basketball scan0028

Fall 1960
Intercollegiate basketball program begins

1960 First phase of dorm FPU

December 1960
First phase of dormitories completed; College completely moves from Tuolumne Street to Chestnut Avenue

1960 Viking Mascot FPU

December 1960
“Viking” mascot is selected

1961
1961 junior college accred FPU

February 1961
Pacific College receives junior college accreditation

1961 Arthur Wiebe FPU-4230

Fall 1961
Arthur Wiebe begins full-time duties as president (resigns in 1975)

1961 track and soccer FPU

1961
Dirt track and soccer field on east end of campus completed

1962
1962 Track & field FPU

Spring 1962
Track & field program established

1962 Men’s soccer FPU

1962
Men’s soccer program established

1962 Bible institute curriculum

Fall 1962
Bible institute curriculum no longer appears in catalog

1962 Hiebert Library FPU

September 1962
Hiebert Library completed

1963
1963 Witmarsum and Strausbourg FPU

January 1963
Second phase of dormitories completed, includes Witmarsum and Strasbourg (shown)

1963 Enrollment FPU

Fall 1963
Enrollment exceeds 200 for first time

1964
1964 Alumni Hall FPU-262

May 1964
Alumni Hall completed

1964 Third phase of dormitories dorms phase 3

September 1964
Third phase of dormitories completed

1965
1965 amphitheater FPU

Spring 1965
Original amphitheater completed

1965 Senior college accreditation FPU

May 1965
Senior college accreditation

1966
1966 Pacific College Idea

1966
Pacific College Idea first adopted

1966 Warkentin Prayer Chapel FPU

May 1966
Warkentin Prayer Chapel completed

1966 Cross-country FPU

1966
Cross-country program established

To Be Continued

Remaining timeline items will be published in September.

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