George Fox University hosts dedication ceremony for newly named ‘Roberts Center’

September 8th, 2015

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The Sept. 28 event will feature guests Arthur and Fern Roberts, who are being honored for their 60-plus years of service to the institution

Arthur and Fern RobertsNEWBERG, Ore. – George Fox University is honoring longtime professor Arthur Roberts and wife Fern with the renaming of one of its academic buildings this fall. A special dedication ceremony for the newly christened “Roberts Center,” formerly the Villa Academic Complex, is set from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, at the facility.

The public is invited to attend the event, which will include a ceremony from 4:30 to 5 p.m., followed by a time for refreshments and mingling from 5 to 5:30 p.m. The honored couple will be in attendance.

Purchased from Providence Newberg Hospital and renovated in 2007, the Roberts Center houses clinical psychology, doctor of physical therapy and education faculty and support staff, and contains 40-plus offices and 10-plus classrooms. The facility is located at 501 Villa Road, in Newberg.

The Roberts’ both attended George Fox (then “Pacific College”) in the 1940s before returning to campus in 1953 to serve as “dorm parents” and launch Arthur’s teaching career as a professor of philosophy and religion.

Arthur’s legacy with the institution was cemented in 1949, when, as a seminary student, he wrote a compelling letter that helped convince Pacific’s board to adopt the name “George Fox.” It was also Arthur who composed a report in the 1950s that proved critical to the college gaining accreditation – an accomplishment that arguably saved the financially unstable school from closing its doors.

He later served as faculty dean at the school from 1968 to 1972, but the classroom was his first love, as he thrived on teaching philosophy, ethics and church history. He is currently a “professor at large” at George Fox, and in 2011 he delivered the school’s spring commencement address.

Fern, meanwhile, taught elementary school in North Portland at Boise-Eliot Elementary School for most of her teaching career, working with disadvantaged children.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university. More than 3,700 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Missy Terry
Office of the President, George Fox University

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