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Our History

Seattle Pacific University was founded by Free Methodist pioneers who valued a non-sectarian approach to education that welcomed all those seeking scholarly excellence rooted in the Christian gospel, and who sought to take the gospel into the world in order to bring about the flourishing of God’s children.

Today, that tradition continues in a clear line from our founders. It is in our “DNA,” so to speak, the desire to engage the culture and change the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Loop

Our Presidents


1893–1916
Alexander A. Beers, MA

1916–26
Orrin E. Tiffany, PhD

1926–59
C. Hoyt Watson, LittD

1959–68
C. Dorr Demaray, LittD

1968–82
David L. McKenna, PhD

1982–91
David C. Le Shana, PhD

1991–94
Curtis A. Martin, PhD

1994–95
E. Arthur Self, PhD

1995–2012
Philip W. Eaton, PhD

2012–
Daniel J. Martin, JD, EdD
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