Our Transformative Future:

2017-2018 Institutional Priorities



The Chief Advancement Officer is creating an Advancement and Fund Development plan for 2017-18 with a five year projection that includes specific aspirational and budgeted targets for private fund development, tasks and initiatives, number of prospects, tracking, engagement with the trustee committee, use of President’s time and attention, cultivation strategies, etc. The longer term projection should include a framework, timeline, and needed resources for determining readiness and focus of a comprehensive campaign to be launched by 2020 and begin to identify potential campaign leadership. The broad goals of that plan are to:

  • Raise $1.5 million annually within five years
  • Develop a culture of fundraising throughout the institution
  • Increase PSR’s profile
  • Deepen constituent engagement
  • Set the stage for a Comprehensive Campaign

Academic Excellence

Student Recruitment and Retention


Financial Health

Administration and Leadership

Strategic Values and Outcomes 2020

Our institutional priorities are grounded in these values:

By May 1, 2020, Pacific School of Religion will build strength through diversity in our student body, faculty, staff, and board through curriculum, resource allocation, and partnerships, committing to more closely reflect the growing diversity in the country, particularly in California, in terms of its ethnic, cultural, economic, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religious diversity. Moving beyond representational diversity, we will prepare leaders of all backgrounds who can effectively challenge white privilege and racism and who have the tools to transform congregations, organizations, and businesses into more just and inclusive communities.

By May 1, 2020, Pacific School of Religion will have achieved financial equilibrium while broadening access (particularly for under-represented individuals and communities) and demonstrating the value of our program offerings.

By May 1, 2020, graduates of Pacific School of Religion will be demonstrably prepared and recognized as theologically and spiritually rooted leaders for social transformation, within and beyond the church. Our leadership formation will be marked by innovation, diversity, and effectiveness.

By May 1, 2020, Pacific School of Religion’s leadership—faculty, staff, administration, and board—will embody a vision of education that is clear about what we can offer the church and the world as well as what we can learn, taking fuller advantage of the culture, innovation, economy, and environment of our immediate context and our broad-reaching networks.