About PUC


Our Faith

The mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is to call all people to become disciples of Jesus Christ, to proclaim the everlasting gospel embraced by the three angels’ messages (Revelations 14:6-12), and to prepare the world for Christ’ soon return.


Our Mission Statement

Pacific Union College is a Seventh-day Adventist learning community offering an excellent Christ-centered education that prepares its students for productive lives of useful human service and uncompromising personal integrity.


Our Larger Community

PUC is part of the Adventist Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU), with 12 other Adventist colleges located across North America.


Our Advantage

PUC provides advantages of a larger university with the added benefits of a Christian community. Mission trips, a variety of worship options, service-learning opportunities, and spiritual leadership positions strengthen students’ relationship with God.

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Dr. Robert A. Cushman Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. Robert A. Cushman Jr., Ph.D.


Dr. Robert A. Cushman Jr. is the twenty-third president of Pacific Union College. Most recently, Dr. Cushman held the position of vice president for academic administration at Walla Walla University in Walla Walla, Wash., after serving as professor of paleobiology and department chair in the department of biological sciences at the university for four years. Previously, he served as vice principal at El Dorado Adventist School for two years while teaching grades 7-12 and coaching the men’s varsity basketball team. He also taught for 12 years at...

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Dr. Nancy Lecourt, Ph.D.

Dr. Nancy Lecourt, Ph.D.

Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Administration

Nancy Lecourt has served Pacific Union College as Academic Dean since 2006. Prior to being selected by the PUC board of trustees as vice president for academic administration, Lecourt worked as a professor of English at La Sierra University and then at PUC for almost 30 years. In 1993, Lecourt’s teaching and leadership skills were recognized when PUC students voted her “Educator of the Year.”

Lecourt earned a Ph.D. in English literature at the University of New Hampshire in 1999. Lecourt continues to put her skills to work outs...

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Kellie Lind, B.S.

Kellie Lind, B.S.

Vice President for Alumni and Advancement

Kellie Jensiene Lind has a long history with Pacific Union College. Before returning to serve as PUC’s chief advancement officer in 2017, previously she worked as the college’s public relations director, the alumni and development director, the associate director of student enrollment, and graduated from PUC with degrees in public relations and journalism. As a PUC alumna and longtime resident and businesswoman in the Napa Valley, Lind offers a unique perspective on building relationships with alumni, community members, and business owners. Com...

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Brandon Parker, M.B.A.

Brandon Parker, M.B.A.

Vice President for Financial Administration

A former vice president and chief financial officer for St. Helena Hospital, Napa Valley, Parker is a certified public accountant with over 20 years of experience in finance and operations in healthcare, secondary education, and in the private sector. Earlier leadership appointments have included Mendocino regional vice president and chief financial officer at Adventist Health, vice president and chief financial officer at Ukiah Valley Medical Center, finance manager for Glendale Adventist Medical Center, and vice principal of operations and ch...

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Jennifer Tyner, M.A.

Jennifer Tyner, M.A.

Vice President for Student Life

Jennifer Tyner joined PUC in November 2012. She oversees recruiting and enrollment efforts, manages the college’s marketing, communication, and publications, and heads all areas of student life, as well. Tyner has extensive history in Adventist higher education, administration, and communications, and she understands what it’s like to be on the other side of the table. "Making college affordable has never been more important,” she says. “As a parent of two college-student daughters, I personally understand the challenges families are facing. PU...

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Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

This team of experienced leaders are dedicated to the success of the college.

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Our Rich History

Our Rich History

Founded in 1882, PUC is a fully accredited liberal arts college serving more than 1,200 students, offering a full lineup of bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, and pre-professional and degree completion programs. A destination campus in California, PUC is Napa Valley’s only four-year college and is affiliated with the Adventist Church.

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Contact Us

General Information: (800) 862-7080

Public Relations: pr@puc.edu

Admissions: admissions@puc.edu

Alumni: alumni@puc.edu

Questions regarding the website: webteam@puc.edu



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