Bryce Jessup receives Lifetime Achievement Award during MLK gathering

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On Jan. 20, William Jessup University President Emeritus Dr. Bryce Jessup was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sacramento region’s annual Martin Luther King Celebration held at Capital Christian Center in Sacramento.

The ecumenical service brought together more than 100 local churches, individuals and community leaders to celebrate and be challenged by King’s vision of racial diversity, reconciliation, harmony, equality and dignity of all races and people through nonviolence.

Jessup served as president of William Jessup University for 25 years and retired in May 2010. He currently serves as president emeritus at the 74-year-old institution.

During his presidency, William Jessup University substantially improved its financial position, achieved regional accreditation, significantly increased enrollment, broadened the curriculum and moved to a new 128-acre campus in Rocklin.

Jessup has worked as a professor, pastor, coach and dean of students. He is a popular speaker for civic clubs, churches and marriage and family retreats.

Jessup has been a significant leader in Bay Area pastors groups, the Billy Graham Crusade and ethnic reconciliation groups. He has published numerous articles on leadership and church issues, has served on many nonprofit boards and was named “Man of Valor” by the Racial Reconciliation Committee of Santa Clara Valley African-Americans in 1999.

Since his move to Rocklin, Jessup serves on six nonprofit boards, including the elder board at Adventure Christian Church, where he co-chaired a Capital Campaign. In addition, he serves as board chair of Agape International Missions and on the Church Development Fund Board. He served last year as the regional vice chair of the Luis Palau Festival. He has created opportunities to engage senior citizens in the region with William Jessup University through the Friends and Neighbors Inspired programs.

He received bachelor’s degrees from San Jose Christian College and Pepperdine University, was awarded master of arts by Pepperdine and doctor of divinity by Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Ore., and was awarded doctor of literature by Seoul Christian University in Seoul, Korea.