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Office of the President

President Martin with students

President Daniel J. Martin, Seattle Pacific University’s 10th president in 121 years, came to SPU after serving as a university administrator and president for 18 years. “I consider SPU one of the nation’s great Christian universities,” he says. “When the opportunity to apply for its presidency arose, it was a natural for me.”

Meet the President

Dan Martin took office on July 1, 2012, and was inaugurated April 2, 2013. He says he was attracted to SPU by its rich history; quality faculty, students, and academic program; urban setting; and commitment to outstanding education informed by Christian faith. Read his full bio.

The President’s View

This year President Dan Martin will be offering glimpses — via Twitter — of his unique view on the SPU experience.

Alexander Hall

From This Place

In 2013–14, President Martin is leading a celebration of Seattle Pacific’s oldest building, Alexander Hall, which in the 1890s housed the entire academic institution. A vision of scholarship in service to the world took hold in Alexander, and generations of alumni have since been sent out from the University to live that vision. During this year, SPU is investing in the preservation of Alexander Hall, now being considered for historical landmark status.

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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