The Eaton Papers

Materials From the Philip W. Eaton Presidential Papers

Philip W. Eaton served as the ninth president of Seattle Pacific University from 1995 to 2012. During those 17 years, he gave numerous addresses for the State of the University, Convocations, Awards Ceremonies, and more. The SPU Archives offers this collection of his addresses here.

State of the University Addresses

Visit iTunesU for an audio/video collection of President Eaton's State of the University Addresses. You can also access specific PDF versions below:

Opening Convocation Addresses

Visit iTunesU for an audio/video collection of President Eaton’s Opening Convocation Addresses, delivered to incoming freshmen each year. For specific addresses, review the PDFs below:

Celebrating SPU Faculty & Staff

Visit iTunesU to see President Philip Eaton celebration of the achievements of the SPU faculty and staff.

Downtown Business Breakfast

In 1996, President Eaton had a vision to bring the Downtown Business Breakfast to Seattle, inviting prominent leaders to speak about things that matter in science, education, politics, faith, character, and culture.

  • The Economy, the University, and a New Kind of Human Flourishing
    2009 Downtown Business Breakfast
  • 2007 Downtown Business Breakfast, President Eaton introduces keynote speaker Dr. Vali Nasr, one of the world's leading voices on Middle East politics and the history of Islam, April 10, 2007.
  • 2006, President Eaton introduces keynote speaker David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and outstanding American historian, April 25, 2006.
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Seattle Pacific History

Founded in 1891 by Free Methodist pioneers, Seattle Pacific University grew into a premier Christian university from humble beginnings on a small piece of donated land.