Standing on their shoulders: History matters

Seattle Pacific University was founded by Free Methodist pioneers who valued a non-sectarian approach to education that welcomed all those seeking scholarly excellence rooted in the Christian faith.

Free Methodist pioneers founded Seattle Pacific in 1891. Guided by SPU’s Wesleyan heritage, our approach to faith pairs the importance of beliefs and understanding with practices that encourage lives of spiritual growth and service to others. Our diverse learning community offers students a place to grow, discover, and embrace great challenges.

Our Presidents


2012–
Daniel J. Martin, JD, EdD

1996–2012
Philip W. Eaton, PhD

1994–95
E. Arthur Self, PhD

1991–94
Curtis A. Martin, PhD

1982–91
David C. Le Shana, PhD

1968–82
David L. McKenna, PhD

1959–68
C. Dorr Demaray, LittD

1926–59
C. Hoyt Watson, LittD

1916–26
Orrin E. Tiffany, PhD

1893–1916
Alexander A. Beers, MA