Bushnell University Founder’s Day on October 15


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This Founder’s Day, we’re celebrating virtually and with an online giving day one of the founders of our university, and our namesake, James A. Bushnell.

An advocate for Christian education, he helped lay the groundwork for what would become our beloved university.


James A. Bushnell

Was an educator, a businessman, and most importantly, a faithful servant of Jesus Christ. He founded the first bank in Junction City and served as the president of the Lane County Evangelistic Board for several years. But his true passion was found in promoting and aiding Christian education. In 1895, with the help of Eugene Sanderson, James A. Bushnell founded Eugene Divinity School, the institution we now know and love as Bushnell University.


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This year, we’re celebrating James A. Bushnell as our founder because he exemplifies the kind of person we hope our students become during their tenure here at Bushnell University:

faithful, tenacious, humble, generous, and innovative

By giving to the Founder’s Day campaign, you’re directly contributing to the Beacon Fund for Student Scholarships, which helps make tuition affordable and accessible for first generation Beacons like Miriam Gutierrez.

Win a Raffle for Bushnell Swag!

Celebrate Founder’s Day with us! Post a photo of you on social media in Beacon gear with the hashtag #bushnellfoundersday and be entered to win a raffle of Beacon swag. Double your chances of winning by donating $5 to the Beacon fund, (a posted photo counts as one entry, a donation counts as a second entry.)

The Beacon Fund

The Beacon Fund

“The Beacon Fund Scholarship allowed me to be a first-generation college student and go to a college where I could develop leadership skills, create deep relationships, and strengthen my faith… the Beacon Fund made it possible for me to succeed academically with the help of professors, keeping my faith strong, and building new skills to help me in my future career.”


– Miriam Gutierrez, class of 2023

Bushnell students embody the hope that James A. Bushnell had for the future of the Church and the world.

Making a gift to the Beacon Fund today equips Bushnell students to be tomorrow’s church and industry leaders.



Founder's Day Team
Bethany Dilla
Director of Annual Giving

B.A., Bushnell University As the Director of Annual Giving, Bethany’s role is to provide leadership for the Beacon Fund for Student …

Ali Savage, M.A.
Donor Relations Specialist

M.A. in Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary B.A. in Political Science and Education, Western Washington University   Primary Responsibilities Provide ongoing donor care and …

Lars Coburn, M.A.
Director of University Relations

B.S., Bushnell University M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary Lars is the Director of University Relations in the Office of University Advancement. "I grow …