SPU staff members of the month are nominated by their peers and selected by Staff Council. If you would like to nominate a person for this recognition, proceed to the nomination page.
Meet the SPU Staff Member of the Month for October 2012
Director of Graduate Admissions & Marketing
Please join us in congratulating the October 2012 Staff Member of the Month, John Glancy.
John Glancy has strong and rich ties to Seattle Pacific University. His parents, Roy and Ruth, met at Seattle Pacific High School. As an admissions counselor, John recruited his wife, Sally, to attend SPU. Their children, Nick and Angie, carried on the family tradition and graduated from SPU as well. John has two degrees from Seattle Pacific: a BA in business and English, and a doctorate in education. He feels called to SPU and has worked here almost his entire career. John has the unique perspective of being an SPU undergraduate student, student-athlete (basketball and track; he still holds an SPU record in the 4 x 100m relay), graduate student, and employee (in undergraduate and graduate admissions and University Communications). John has worked with seven SPU presidents during his time as a student and employee and has fond memories of traveling on tour with the Concert Choir and Chancel Players, and helping with the Sacred Sounds of Christmas. He is active on the Leadership Team at First Free Methodist Church where he and Sally attend. John sat down to tell us a bit about his career as a Falcon, his faith, and his life outside of SPU. Take a look and please join us in congratulating John as the October Staff Member of the Month, a well-deserved honor!
What is your hometown? Seattle, WA and I now reside in Redmond, WA
How long have you been at SPU? 37 years
How does your faith impact your work? I approach work at SPU with the mentality that whatever you do, do it for the Lord. I support the vision of the University, which is to engage the culture as a means of sharing the gospel. I believe we’re helping advance the kingdom of God through what we do at SPU. Our work is meaningful and will have an eternal outcome we don’t even know about yet.
What is your favorite thing to do when you are not at work? I love to run, ride my bike and swim. Being with my granddaughter, Rosie, since she recently moved to Seattle is great as well.
What is something that few people know about you? My grandparents used to own two homes on campus. One house is where Marston Hall currently sits and the other one is where Demaray Hall is now located. As a kid, I played on campus a lot. P.J. Rosser (the lead maintenance electrician) is my cousin and we had a great time poking around the campus buildings.
What is your favorite part of your job? Recruiting students who attend the University and ultimately graduate. I feel like I’ve contributed to their lives in a meaningful way.
What books have been most impactful to you? The Bible is at the top of the list. Other great books include Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, and Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. I have listened to probably hundreds of books on tape/CD during my 27 years of commuting back and forth from Redmond to SPU.
If you could live in any other place, where would that be? Boston. I spent a lot of time there while my son and his family were on the East Coast.
What is the most important thing that you would want people to know about you? I would want them to know that I’m a Christian by what I say and do. I try to be friendly to people and treat them respectfully — an example that my dad set for me.
Who are the people (other than your parents) who have had the greatest impact on your faith and why? My college coaches Les Habegger, Ken Foreman, Lorin Miller, and Frank Furtado. They helped shape how I lived as a Christian. I also played overseas on different Christian athlete basketball and track teams over the years. The coaches that I had (e.g., Bud Schaeffer and Norm Cook of Overseas Crusades, and Don Church at Wheaton College) really helped deepen my faith. All my pastors at First Free Methodist were also very influential.
Thanks for all the work you do John, Congratulations!