Hold men like him in high regard.” (Php 2:29) could have been written for Dr. Dave Owen, longest serving President of PIU. Dave was stricken with cancer just before New Year 2017. He graduated to heaven last March. Not only is Dr. Owen’s life worthy of honor, his course isn’t finished and should be continued. A favorite line of Dave’s provides an outline, “Context, context, context.”
The Historical Context:
Forty-three years ago the Micronesian Institute of Biblical Studies began in Chuuk. A move to Guam, accreditation, and added offerings made Pacific Islands University what it is today. The constants in PIU’s history are the quality, Bible-based education it offers and the distinction with which PIU alumni have served, throughout Micronesia and beyond.
The Current Context:
Since the fall of 2017 the student body has grown. Donor giving has increased. The foundation that Drs. Owen, Wood, and Raucholtz laid is strong. Though Micronesia and the world beyond have changed, the need for “men and women with a biblical worldview for leadership and service” is as great today as ever, maybe greater. (The quotation is from PIU’s mission. Dave Owen was the chief writer.)
The Future Context:
This fund is in honor of Dave, but it’s not about the past. It’s about a vision for the future. This vision has been part of the DNA of this school from day one. Dr. Owen articulated and pursued that vision. The commitment to make a difference in these islands, and beyond, one life at a time, continues in the current PIU Family.
The Dr. Dave Owen Memorial Fund will allow Pacific Islands University to continue providing “accessible, excellent, transformational, Christian higher education in the Pacific,” (PIU Mission) for the next decade and beyond.
In honor of Dr. Dave Owen, PIU's third and longest serving President, the DDOMF will provide for PIU’s future in three important ways:
* $10,000 to construct the campus Prayer Spot.
* $90,000 to remodel PIU’s main building to be named the “Ezra 7:10 Building.”
* $100,000 Presidential Endowment, a legacy contribution, toward continuing excellent servant-leadership.