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When the editors of Washington CEO magazine named Seattle Pacific University's ninth president, Philip Eaton, one of the most powerful people in Washington state, they cited one compelling reason why: Eaton had taken the University downtown. While emphasizing academic quality, enrollment growth, and an aggressive campus development strategy, he engaged the civic and business community in a thought-provoking forum of ideas known as the Greater Seattle Community Breakfast.

Stimulating speakers and reasoned discourse made the annual event a highly anticipated one. Keynote speakers for the breakfast were, and continue to be, among the nation's foremost thinkers and have included former U.S. senator and peace talks negotiator George Mitchell, and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer George Will.

Leadership in Action
Since 1891, Seattle Pacific has been graduating people of competence and character who recognize that leadership and service go hand-in-hand. Each year, hundreds of SPU students invest nearly 22,000 hours in organized volunteer service. Hundreds more hold key positions in student government, with exploration and residence live, and even on faculty committees. This priority on servant-leadership leads to graduates who get what it takes to experience personal and corporate success.

A Tradition of Strong University Leaders
On July 1, 2012, Seattle Pacific University welcomed its 10th president, Daniel J. Martin. Previously the president of Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Dr. Martin has held various positions in higher education, including executive assistant to the president, vice president for enrollment development, acting vice president of finance, vice president for university advancement, and then president of MVNU and now Seattle Pacific University.

The School of Business and Economics: Leadership by Example
Less than one-third of all business schools in the United States have attained recognition by ACSB-International Association for Business Management. With its recent AACSB accreditation, SPU's School of Business and Economics now shares company with Harvard and other internationally recognized institutions with premier business education programs.

Extensive Graduate Programs for Corporate Leaders
Some of the region's top corporations and community institutions enroll their leadership in SPU graduate programs including The Boeing Company, Microsoft, Starbuck's, and Swedish Health Services. SPU offers graduate degrees in 11 degree specializations and three doctoral programs including master of business administration (MBA), master of computer and information systems degrees (MS-ISM), and the new master in social and sustainable management (MA-SSM), all in the School of Business and Economics.

Alumni Leaders of Distinction
Nearly 30,000 SPU alumni around the world are living lives of competence and character. Ritchie Kay '87 is the former head men's basketball coach at Liberty University. In just his second year of coaching the team, they enjoyed their first winning season in five years. In an interview with Newsweek/The Washington Post, McKay said that being a Christian makes him a better coach. U.S. Air Force Special Agents Molly Spedding Long '97 and John "Aaron" Sullivan '98 served in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). Their mission was to provide counter-threat information to ensure the protection of personnel and assets of the Department of Defense from hostile action.

Historically, A Stable Center of Educational Leadership
For more than 110 years, Seattle Pacific has provided the finest in higher education from its original location. Under wise and committed leadership, it remains fiscally sound while pursuing a comprehensive plan of growth and development. The Seattle Pacific Foundation is consistently ranked among the best endowment management performances among major U.S. colleges and universities.

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