Stephen York

Meet Stephen

Admissions job: As a Transfer Admissions Counselor, I hope to support students in their various transitions surrounding academic, career, institutional, and/or life changes. I believe sharing accurate information and authentic stories from current and former SPU students is the primary way to support prospective students in this pivotal decision. I enjoy hearing students’ stories and want to support students while determining their own sense of belonging and fit at SPU. Transfer students are awesome and have much to offer our community!

Hometown: Tigard, Oregon

Education: Seattle Pacific University (BA, History)

Favorite Seattle Restaurant: Gorditos in Greenwood! Home of the “Baby Burrito”!

A trip I’d like to take: I’d love to go to another country and run a marathon. I also would love to return to Israel (a trip I took in 2013) and explore the area more.

Family: My wife Charissa and our awesome daughter Hadley! She’s living her best toddler life right now and keeping us on our toes as she discovers the world around her!

Books reading now: I recently finished the Rhythm of War (book #4) from the Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson. Then, I’m about a quarter into Unbroken about Louis Zamperini. I’m hoping to continue crossing some books off my very full bookshelf ranging from non-fiction to sci-fi/fantasy.

Favorite Movie: I’m a fan of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Marvel movies. Coincidentally, I find myself more into TV/streaming series these days and grew up on The Office.

Favorite thing about SPU: I learned so much about myself and those around me by engaging with the tight-knit community at SPU! I found my primary community through running cross country and track and field. Although I only ran for a few seasons, I appreciate how the relationships and discipline influenced the rest of my experience at SPU. Beyond athletics, I connected through student leadership positions and meeting people in my classes. I would encourage you to find ways to get involved and connected on campus, because there are some amazing, high-caliber people on campus, including staff and faculty.

Hobbies & Fun Facts: I grew up playing sports and ran at SPU, so I enjoy being active, including basketball, running, biking, hiking, etc. Other hobbies include board games, video games, watching sports, reading, and spending time with my family. Oh, and I ran my first marathon in 2021 in San Diego!