Patrick Allen

Author and Professor

Patrick Allen, Professor of Higher Education and Leadership in the School of Education at George Fox University, joined the institution in July 2008 and served as Provost until July 2013. He holds an appointment in the Doctor of Education (EdD) program in the School of Education, teaching courses in higher education management, leadership, organization theory, educational foundations, faith and learning, and history and philosophy of higher education.

He came to George Fox from Southern Nazarene University (Oklahoma City) where he served as Provost. Dr. Allen had previously held a variety of positions in higher education, including that of Provost at Point Loma Nazarene University (CA), Vice President for Academic Affairs at Anderson University (IN), and Dean of the School of Business and Lloyd Pickrell Distinguished Professor of Management at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. He also served earlier in his career as a Vice President of the Commerce Bank of Blue Hills in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dr. Allen earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Olivet Nazarene University, a Master of Arts degree in liberal arts from Southern Methodist University, the Master of Science in management from Southern Nazarene University, and the Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Oklahoma, where he specialized in the history and philosophy of higher education, organization theory, and management history.

He is the author of three books, two with colleague, Ken Badly: Faith and Learning: A Practical Guide for Faculty (2014) and Echoes of Insight: Past Perspectives and the Future of Christian Higher Education (2017), both with Abilene Christian University Press; and Morning Resolve: To Live a Simple, Sincere, and Serene Life with Cascade Press (2015). He is now writing a companion spiritual formation book, For Today: When Life Gets Messy, to be released in 2018.

Known for his humor, quick wit, and storytelling, he speaks in churches, chapels, retreats, and banquet occasions. In his professional speaking and writing, he often addresses how community can be developed and sustained, how the traditional values of higher education can be nurtured in a Christian setting, and how spiritual practices can be used in education.

Patrick and his wife, Lori, reside in Newberg, Oregon, and fellowship at Journey Church in Sherwood, Oregon.

Featured Sessions

Keynote Presentation

LSCC Main Hall

This keynote presentation features Dr. Patrick Allen as he discusses More Than the Bottom Line: Beyond Business as Usual. Patrick will address: A look back at the Faith and Learning Integration Movement before Arthur Holmes’ book, The Idea of a Christian College (1975)—back to Newman, Ortega, Jaspers, and Trueblood. They are largely forgotten voices that have […]

Keynote Speaker

Pre-Conference Workshop

PLNU - Fermanian Conference Center

How do we live faithfully in our classrooms, through our scholarship, and with the professional demands of our profession? At times, this can be a daunting and confusing task. What does it actually mean to integrate faith and learning? Can it really be done? If so, whose faith and whose learning are we talking about? […]