President Shares News at Constituency Session

September 1, 2016

This summer, President Dr. Heather J. Knight represented Pacific Union College at the 30th quinquennial constituency session of the Pacific Union Conference, held August 28-29 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Over 470 delegated from across the Union gathered to elect officers, consider changes to the constitution, and learn about the work of the Adventist church in the Pacific Union over the past five years. PUC’s string quartet opened the session. Students Cameron Candies, Sigrid Panugao, Carissa Paw, and Marie Del Aguila performed “Allegretto from Palladio,” “Deep River,” and “Amazing Grace.”

At the meeting, President Knight recounted PUC’s rich history, emphasizing how the college remains dedicated to this day in realizing its mission “They Shall Be All Taught of God” with each student. She shared the tremendous progress PUC has made over the past five years in achieving ambitious academic and campus life goals, including celebrating its highest student enrollment in 24 years.

“Since 2008, PUC has introduced a variety of new programs for students as they prepare to enter an ever-changing and complex world,” said Knight. She highlighted new degrees in healthcare management, music compositions, emergency management, and computer information systems.

“PUC remains committed to Seventh-day Adventist higher education, and continues to produce creative, socially responsible graduates ready to represent Christ in a vast and changing world,” said Knight. “Over 1,400 students have served as missionaries during their time at PUC.”

“The Heritage Campaign has allowed PUC to establish research and media centers that preserve Adventist and world history,” said Knight, sharing the news about the new Walter C. Utt Center for

Adventist History and Research & Media Center, the Percy and John Christian Civil Rights Conference Center, and the Pitcairn Islands Study Center.

During the two-day event, the delegates re-elected PUC trustee Ricardo Graham as Union president. Graham was first elected president by the Pacific Union Executive Committee in 2008. PUC board chairman Dr. Bradford C. Newton was re-elected as executive secretary. Fellow PUC trustees Antonio Anobile and Theodore Benson were also voted in again as Union vice president and treasurer, respectively.