Menjares takes over as FPU president

Dr. Pete Manjares takes over as Fresno Pacific University's 11th presidentDr. Pete Manjares takes over as Fresno Pacific University's 11th presidentDr. Pete Menjares officially became Fresno Pacific University's newest president on July 28.

Menjares is now the university's 11th president following the retirement of Dr. Merril Ewert, who filled the role for 10 years.

Menjares, who is new to the Central Valley, said he will now begin work on a new strategic plan for the university, which enrolls around 3,500 hundred students between its main Fresno campus and Visalia satellite center.

"Strategic plans are vital to any organization as large and complex as FPU," Menjares said in a press release. "I look forward to bringing together those with a stake in the university to chart how we will carry our mission, vision and values into the future."

Previously, Menjares was a teacher and administrator at Biola University in Southern California for 16 years, most recently serving as vice provost for faculty development and academic effectiveness at the private Christian college in La Mirada.

Menjares received his doctorate in education from the University of Southern California in 1998 after earning his master's degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills.