Category Archives: Announcements

New VP of Enrollment and Recruiting Named

Warner Pacific University (WPU) is pleased to announce Dwight Sanchez as its new Vice President for Enrollment and Recruiting. The university looks forward to benefitting from his proven track record to expand WPU’s enrollment efforts not only in the Pacific Northwest, but throughout the country and other countries as well. In this role, Sanchez will have the responsibility of accelerating a comprehensive enrollment management plan overseeing undergraduate and professional and graduate student enrollment, enrollment and retention marketing, as well as Student Financial Services/Financial Aid.

Prior to joining WPU, Sanchez increased enrollment to significant record levels for several universities including Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI). At Virginia Union University, his enrollment strategy increased new students by 24 percent and total undergraduate enrollment by seven percent over 2019 enrollment numbers. As Chief Enrollment Officer for the University System of the District of Columbia new student enrollment, total graduate enrollment, and full-time enrollment all posted increases, while total retention also increased by 25 percent. Prior to that, Sanchez served at Clark Atlanta University (CAU) and Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). Both institutions saw significant increases in new student yield rates, student diversity, and overall enrollment.

“Dwight is creative and highly innovative as well as data-driven and outcome-focused,” noted WPU President Brian Johnson. “This unique proven skill set will take us to the next level in expanding enrollment channels and ensuring stability in higher education’s highly competitive markets.”

Sanchez is a renowned author, presenter, and panelist on the subject of enrollment management as well as recruitment strategies, retention efforts, and leadership enrollment management.

Sanchez, an Afro-Latino, is bi-lingual and earned his bachelor degrees from JCSU in both Spanish and English. He also holds certificates in Enrollment Management Leadership as well as College Admissions Harvard Summer Institute on college admissions.

Student Connect Groups

Student Connect Groups

They say “get connected and find support“, but do you ever wonder to yourself, “how and where??“There has been a heart cry for connection and support at WPU this semester. Too many students are thinking they are alone or that they “just need to push through”. I’m here to tell you there’s more for you. I’m Julia Garrison (see my face here), I coordinate and provide well-being and resilience outreach to the WPU community. Will you join me and other WPU students in CONNECT GROUPS? 

WHEN: twice a week —Tuesdays at 2pm and Wednesdays at 12:30pm –-come to both or just one. It’s up to you! If no one joins the call 15 min after start time the meeting will conclude.

WHO: If you’re a student of WPU and you’ve:
  1. Felt stressed or overwhelmed by ANYTHING in the last month
  2. Want to get to know your peers
  3. and/or have hope or a heart to support your peers
WHERE: Zoom: In order to reach the most students in the most consistent way we will meet. See zoom info below
HOW: See shield for the Zoom link and passcode and/or email me at for the link or for questions
WHY: Because when we say, “you weren’t meant to figure this out alone or bear this burden alone”, we mean it. Support is a leading factor in resilience, trauma recovery, and management of stress. We need others to heal, grow, and be ourselves. Self-care isn’t just about doing things you want to do. It’s also about doing things you need to do and that you know are going to help you even a little bit. Take Connect Group as a time for self-care and peer-support.

Connect Group Guidelines:
Connect Group is a judgement free, respectful, and supportive assembly of students and 1-2 staff where thoughts, experiences, and burdens can be expressed and validated.

  • Mute your screen when you’re not talking
  • Ideally I’d like to see your faces 🙂 It helps others feel connect with you.
  • Advice is not encouraged. However, if there arises an appropriate situation only give advice/suggestions when it’s being asked for or if permission is given by the receiver.
  • Refrain from sharing another person’s story or involvement in group outside of the meeting. This will be repeatedly communicated. 
Zoom info:

Topic: Connect Group TUES recurring @2pm
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 889 6459 0125
Passcode: tues

Topic: Connect Group WED recurring @12:30
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 850 7465 0736
Passcode: wed

Email if you have any issues logging into ZOOM.

Writing and Formatting in APA Style Workshop

Academic Success is hosting a workshop to review academic writing and formatting as described in the APA Publication Manual 7th edition. The event takes place on Thursday, November 5th from 7pm-8pm. In this workshop we will cover:

  • Citations
  • Sources (primary vs. secondary)
  • Active vs. passive voice
  • Headers
  • In-text citations
  • Reference list
  • Verb tense
  • Bias-free language and pronouns
  • Cover page
  • Block quotes
  • Annotated bibliography

The workshop will be conducted on Zoom and recorded for those unable to attend. Please register at:

First click “Zoom” as your location and then scroll to the bottom to find “Writing Workshop – APA Format and Structure.”

The Zoom link will be e-mailed to all participants who have registered. Registration will close at 4:30pm on the day of the workshop.

If you have any questions e-mail Jonathan Manz at

Excel Workshop – Wednesday, September 30th at 7pm – Zoom

The department of Academic Success is hosting a workshop to help you learn some basic tips and tricks for Microsoft Excel. This workshop is open to any WPU student who wants to learn how to use Excel or if you are looking to refresh your memory on some of the useful tools found within Excel. We will cover:

  • Copy, paste, find, replace
  • Cell formatting (borders, highlighting rules, resizing, merging)
  • Creating and using functions including – SUM, AVERAGE, CONCAT, UPPER, and LOWER
  • Sort and filter
  • Creating tables and graphs

We will record this session in case you are not available at this time.

Participants will receive an Excel file to use during the workshop. Please register at:

First click “Zoom” as your location and then scroll to the bottom to find “Learning Microsoft Excel – Excel Basics.”

The Excel file and the Zoom link will be e-mailed to all participants who have registered. Registration will close at 4:30pm on the day of the workshop.

If you have any questions please e-mail Jonathan Manz at In addition, if you are unable to attend, but would like the link to the recorded presentation, please e-mail Jonathan as well.

All things Counseling Center

The Counseling Center is ready to help!

We provide remote (telehealth) services through a secure Zoom link or phone call. The Center is continuing to provide in-person services (masks, physical distancing, and other protocols are in place).Check out our short introduction video!

3 min Video

For more about our counselors see their bios at .

Wanting even more information on therapy structure and getting started? Check out our page:

Follow Student Life IG page @WPULife

Email with questions or to schedule.

A Message From President Andrea Cook

Dear Warner Pacific University students,

A little over a week ago, Concordia University’s Interim President announced the decision to close the institution at the end of spring semester. As you can imagine, Concordia students, faculty, staff and alumni are devastated by this decision.

In recent years, higher education has been experiencing significant changes brought on by a confluence of factors. Regardless of size or history, every institution—public or private—is actively adapting to ensure the integrity of meeting student’s needs while remaining financially sustainable.  This is as true for Warner Pacific University as it is for any other school, and we have been focused on ensuring that Warner Pacific will be stable to serve students for years to come.

Because of the changing higher education environment, our Board of Trustees and administration have been vigilant about making decisions, some of which have been very hard, to adapt to meet the interests of students and marketplace demands. In recent years we focused on strategically investing in four academic areas for which there is high demand both by students and expected by employers over the next 10 years: Business, Nursing/Healthcare, Teacher Education, and Technology (sourceU) our Cyber Security and Web Development programs.  Several other program areas have steady enrollment and will continue to be supported by the University. However, these changes in the environment meant that we needed to eliminate some programs for which there was lower demand. We remain committed to building new programs to meet market demands.

Our Board and administration are focused on ensuring the institution’s financial health.  Key factors demonstrating our financial condition include the following:

  • Our debt is low, and we operate free of commitments to third party organizations, which could result in costly financial obligations.
  • Our debt ratio is lower than many institutions.
  • Our financial investments (endowment) continue to grow – thanks to donors who support the University and create funds for student scholarships and other purposes.
  • Annually we participate in financial surveys that measure similar institutions’ financial health:
    • We consistently rank in the top 50% in financial stability (which means we are carefully managing WPU’s resources to ensure the institution’s viability).
    • The U.S. Department of Education annually assesses every higher education institution’s financial responsibility. Scores on this measure can range between -1.0 to +3.0. For a number of years Warner Pacific has consistently scored +2.5 to +3.0. Institutions with scores of +1.5 to +3.0 are considered to be financially responsible.

This year we experienced a 7% increase in enrollment compared to last year, and we are working to continue to grow our enrollment. We are forming partnerships with several organizations around the city to provide educational opportunities for their employees and clients.

Our Board is strongly committed to our mission and provides excellent oversight and accountability for the operation of the University. Warner Pacific’s relationship with the Church of God is a mutual covenant.  Other churches have a more direct role in governance and financial control of their denominational institutions.

The Board of Trustees is actively preparing for the future. They are currently engaged in a process that will lead to identifying a new President for Warner Pacific by the end of this semester. There is very high interest in the position and a very strong pool of candidates have applied.  I am thrilled to know that 45 people applied for my job – because they see that Warner Pacific is a great place doing amazing things to serve student from diverse backgrounds with a Christ-centered, urban, liberal arts education.

I know that seeing institutions in our city close creates a sense of concern for our students and their families. I wanted to share with you some information that would let you know that we take very seriously our work of overseeing the resources of the University to ensure that the mission of Warner Pacific will go on for years to come.

It has been my deep honor to serve Warner Pacific and all of her students these past 15 years, and I sincerely believe that the best is yet to come.


Andrea P. Cook, Ph.D.