For the third year in a row, Point Loma Nazarene University ranked among the top three California universities for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination results as reported by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

Ivan Filby, Dean of the Fermanian School of Business explained, “These results are particularly satisfying because only PLNU and UCLA have placed in the top three each year for the last three years.”

 PLNU graduates ranked 2nd in both pass rate and average score in California for 2012. PLNU candidates had a 67.5% pass rate and 76.8 average score. Pomona College was first with 86.7% and 82.2 score. UCLA finished third with 62.5% and 75.3 score.

 Nationally, PLNU ranked 13th (top 5%) among Medium Programs for candidates taking the exam for the first time. NASBA classifies Universities by size of program based on number of candidates. There were 260 institutions in the Medium Program category (21 to 60 candidates).

Associate Professor of Accounting, Steve Cosentino, noted that “PLNU has exceptional accounting students that are sought after by the most prestigious national, statewide and local accounting firms.”   This year for example, 50% of the graduating class have job offers from accounting firms in both tax and audit.  Five of the 19 accounting graduates already have offers from the Big 4 firms. 

 Associate Professor Carl Hammond, faculty advisor for the Student Accounting Society, added “These results continue to be a testament to the dedication and hard work our alumni take into the business community. The PLNU accounting program does not “teach to the test”, rather we emphasize a rock-solid accounting foundation enhanced by personal values articulated throughout the PLNU liberal arts-based curriculum.” 


July 26-28, PLNU professor of literature Dr. Bettina Tate Pedersen will present a workshop sesson entitled "Reading the Bible, Reading Literature: Becoming a Feminist Christian Reader of the Bible" at the Christians for Biblical Equality international conference in Pittsburgh.

According to their website, "Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) is a nonprofit organization of Christian men and women who believe that the Bible, properly interpreted, teaches the fundamental equality of men and women of all ethnic groups, all economic classes, and all age groups, based on the teachings of Scriptures such as Galatians 3:28:

'There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.'"

Pedersen will present one of "twenty-two sessions [that] will consider how misinterpreting Scripture contributes to a worldview that devalues women and fosters injustice."

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On May 28, the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute at Point Loma Nazarene University presented its original research report, “San Diego’s Food Bank Population: Profile, Analysis, and Solutions.” The report was commissioned by The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. The FBEI report involved the first comprehensive survey and analysis of the 350,000 San Diego County’s residents who depend on the region’s Food Bank. Field research was conducted at many distribution sites served by the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and included interviews with more than 550 households receiving food assistance during October 2012.

“It is our intention to provide regional leaders a highly readable economic analysis of a critical topic to all within our community,” said FBEI executive director Randy M. Ataide. “The report draws a portrait of the people needing food assistance and seeks to understand the demographic, economic, and social factors driving that need.”

The vital demographic data in the report helps “puts a face” on the population that the food bank serves. According to PLNU chief economist Lynn Reaser, the face of hunger in San Diego County includes working families living in poverty, seniors, and tens of thousands of children. Unemployment is a factor for many seeking assistance, but most families using the food bank have at least one working adult in the household.

In October 2012, teams of staff and students from Point Loma Nazarene University visited food bank locations throughout San Diego County and surveyed clients while they waited in line for food assistance. The communities included: Central San Diego, San Ysidro, Borrego Springs, Warner Springs, Encinitas, Escondido, Ramona, Fallbrook, Oceanside, Lemon Grove, Ocean Beach, Poway, Campo, Descanso and Pine Valley.

On May 28, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and PLNU’s Fermanian Business & Economic Institute held a joint press conference to launch the groundbreaking, 30-page report. Speakers at the press conference included: PLNU’s Chief Economist Dr. Lynn Reaser; Malin Burnham, philanthropist, and joint-funder of the survey; U.S. Congressman Scott Peters; County Supervisor Dave Roberts; and James A. Floros, president & CEO of the San Diego Food Bank.

The full study is available here.



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With our fiscal year drawing to a close, we thought we'd reflect back on the 2012-2013 year at PLNU. From New Student Orientation to the commencement ceremonies, each moment has brought  new adventures and new opportunities.

For a glimpse into all that's happened this year, please watch this short video:

This exciting year was made possible by our faithful supporters! By giving to PLNU, you are ensuring that future students have the same chance to forge lasting friendships and grow in their relationship with Christ while pursuing a faith-centered education.

Please consider making your gift to the University Fund for student scholarships today!

Thank you for supporting the future of PLNU!

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PLNU Composition Students Kirsten Shetler, Jonathan Seligman, Aaron Burgett, James Bishop, John True, Joseph Gabuya and William Unkefer will have their works performed on May 29th as a part of the Peninsula Pops Summer Series.  The composition students have been asked for a performance of their works because of the reputation of our composition program. Students are excited about hearing their works performed in the historic Liberty Station North Chapel.

If you are interested in attending this concert Click Here for ticket information.


Ivan Filby, currently the dean of PLNU’s Fermanian School of Business will leave PLNU to accept a position as president of Greenville College, Illinois, beginning July 1, 2013. Before coming to PLNU, Filby served as professor and chair of the management department at Greenville College from 2005-12.

While obviously excited about his new role, Filby said that it is hard to leave PLNU. 

“PLNU is an amazing institution and I am so proud to have spent a year here,” he said.  “And, I certainly will be no stranger to PLNU over the coming years as my daughter begins as a freshman in the fall.”

During his 12 months as dean, the Fermanian School of Business has made some important changes. It introduced new undergraduate majors in economics, finance, and marketing; a new minor in finance; and a new 5th year MBA program

Filby noted that he expects it will still be “full steam ahead” in the business school. “The Fermanian School of Business will stay true to its mission of preparing future business leaders who, literally not figuratively, are called to change the world.”

“Christian higher education institutions like PLNU and Greenville College play a unique role in our educational landscape,” said Filby. “Christian universities with strong majors and a stretching liberal arts core are very effective at preparing students to think critically, solve complex problems creatively and communicate clearly – skills that are so desperately needed in today’s and tomorrow’s world of work. More than that, a Christ-centered education helps students prepare for all of their lives, not just the time that they spend at work.”

With Filby's departure, Provost Kerry Fulcher announced that Dr. Ken Armstrong, who served as interim dean in the Fermanian School of Business during the 2011-12 academic year, will be rejoining PLNU to take over the reins again as interim dean for the 2013-14 academic year.

“It will be an almost seamless transition a much of what we have accomplished this year was initiated by Ken during his time as dean," said Filby. 

In the past, Armstrong also served as dean of the School of Business at Anderson University in Indiana and as interim dean during important transitions at George Fox University and Eastern Nazarene College. Fulcher indicated he was pleased that Armstrong “is willing to provide another year of excellent leadership as we search for Dr. Filby's replacement.”  

“We are grateful for the excellent leadership that Ivan has given us over this past year and we wish him well as he takes on the new challenge of leadership as the President of Greenville College," said Fulcher.

The PLNU accounting program continues to be among the very best in California. Recent CPA test results ranked PLNU second in California in both CPA pass rate and average test scores. The Fermanian Business & Economic Institute continues to be one of the premier business and economic consulting centers in the state while the Center for International Development effectively prepares students to use their business skills to serve “the least of these” throughout the world.

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