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Jon R. Wallace

Jon R. Wallace is the president of Azusa Pacific University, an evangelical Christian university in Azusa, Calif. He has served as president of APU for 18 years, the second-longest presidential tenure in APU’s history. The 2018–19 academic year will mark his last year as president of APU as he accepts a new role as president emeritus.

Known for his ethical leadership and heart for college students, Wallace became APU’s 16th president in 2000. He received his Bachelor of Arts and MBA from APU, as well as a Doctor of Business Administration from United States International University.

When Wallace was a new APU graduate, he accepted a job as a campus custodian. His 40 years in higher education provide him with a deep appreciation for APU’s far-reaching impact and value for faculty, staff and students. He has served on the boards of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

Wallace is a member of Foothill Community Free Methodist Church in Azusa, where his wife, Gail, is an associate pastor. They have three adult children: David, Matt and Kate; two daughters-in-law; one son-in-law; and five grandchildren.

Welcome to Biola University’s Fall Commencement, and congratulations to you who are graduating for finishing well. Today is a culmination of years of hard work and perseverance, which no doubt included valleys and mountaintops. Today is also a commencement of something new. The world needs what you have to give, equipped in mind and character to make a difference for the cause of the Gospel. May the relationships that have been formed, the wisdom you have gained and the knowledge that has been imparted stand you in good stead in the years ahead. Each one of you has been a special gift of God to Biola University and our prayers go with you as you take this important step in your journey.

—Dr. Barry Corey

Biola University is a private Christian university located in Southern California. For nearly 100 years, Biola has stood out as an institution grounded on biblically centered education, intentional spiritual development, and career preparation, where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians.

The mission of Biola University is biblically centered education, scholarship and service—equipping men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.

With more than 145 academic programs through its nine schools, Biola offers degrees ranging from B.A. to Ph.D.

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