Christian University in Oregon Hosts Spring Commencement Ceremonies April 30

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Scholar and historian Arthur Roberts to address George Fox University undergraduates; Mohan Nair of Regence speaks at graduate event

Dr. Arthur Roberts, a scholar, historian, professor, minister and former small-town mayor, will be the guest speaker at the George Fox University spring undergraduate commencement ceremony scheduled for Saturday, April 30, on the school’s Newberg, Ore. campus.

The school also will host its graduate, seminary and adult degree programs commencement event the same day, with Mohan Nair, chief innovation officer at Regence, scheduled as the speaker.

Both ceremonies will take place in Miller Gymnasium in the Wheeler Sports Center, with the graduate commencement slated for a 10 a.m. start and the traditional undergraduate ceremony set to begin at 3 p.m. Audience seating begins an hour before each ceremony.

The undergraduate ceremony is expected to include 325 students, and the graduate, seminary, and adult degree programs ceremony is expected to include 377 students.

Roberts is professor-at-large at George Fox, where he began teaching in 1953 following completion of a PhD in church history at Boston University. He is a recorded Friends minister whose service has included pastoral, academic and political leadership.

A Quaker historian, philosopher, lecturer, lyricist, and poet, he has written a number of books, including “Drawn by the Light” (autobiographical), “Sunrise and Shadow,” “Look Closely at the Child,” “Exploring Heaven,” “Through Flaming Sword,” “Prayers at Twilight” and “The Sacred Ordinary.”

He even had a say in the George Fox name: While a doctoral student at Boston, he wrote a four-page letter to his alma mater’s leaders advocating for the George Fox name. The college’s board, seeking a new name because of the plethora of “Pacific” colleges, was swayed, and the supporting vote was unanimous.

As a professor, he specialized in teaching philosophy, church history and Quaker studies. He taught his last regular class in 1988, the year he and his wife Fern moved to Yachats, Ore., where he served for two terms as the town’s mayor. They have since moved back to Newberg.

As CIO at Regence, the largest health insurer in the Northwest/Mountain state region, Nair operates not-for-profit Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in Oregon, Washington, Utah and Idaho.

In the six years prior, Mohan served as executive vice president and chief marketing executive at Regence. Prior to joining Regence, he founded venture and consulting firms and held chief executive positions with two emerging software companies, ABC Technologies and ProTools, Inc. He has authored the books “Essentials of Balanced Scorecard” and “Activity-Based Information Systems: An Executive’s Guide to Implementation.”

Specifics on commencement are available at

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as the top Christian college in the Pacific Northwest and among the top three Christian colleges in the country. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first tier national university. More than 3,400 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Karlyn Fleming
Department of Academic Affairs


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