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Deana Porterfield elected next president of Seattle Pacific University

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Dr. Deana Porterfield was unanimously elected as the next president of Seattle Pacific University. She will assume her duties on July 1, 2023. She is currently the president of Roberts Wesleyan University and Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan University. Meet the president-elect here.

Pete C. Menjares SPU interim president

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Dr. Pete Menjares was named interim president of Seattle Pacific University beginning July 1, 2021. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Menjares served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Vanguard University. Meet the interim president here.

The President’s View: Response magazine

Read what Interim President Menjares shared with Response magazine readers in the most recent issues of SPU’s official magazine.

“Hopeful in the face of challenges,” Fall/Winter 2022

“We are committed to be an intentionally respectful, compassionate, loving, and grace-filled community where students can safely ask tough questions characteristic of a liberal arts education.”

Certain of an uncertain future,” Spring/Summer 2022

“Sometimes we must be willing to walk through the unknown paths, diligently preparing ourselves for a future that’s not always clear to us at each step along the way.”

“The joy of the Lord,” Dec. 2021

“The night has been long, but we can be so grateful for the sunlight and the joy that comes in the morning.”

SPU Presidents

Alexander A. Beers

Orrin E. Tiffany

C. Hoyt Watson

C. Dorr Demaray

David L. McKenna

David C. Le Shana

Curtis A. Martin

E. Arthur Self

Philip W. Eaton

Daniel J. Martin

Pete C. Menjares, interim