Palo Alto University Marks 40th Anniversary with Celebration of Past, Present, and Future

This year, Palo Alto University will begin its 40th anniversary with a celebration of the institution’s historic past, successful present and exciting future.

Helena Ting, Vice President of Community Development, commented:

“We’re delighted to be able to celebrate this important landmark in PAU’s history, with all of those who know and love our university so much. There were always high hopes for this institution when it was founded back in 1975, but few expected the levels of success we have had.”  She continued, “This isn’t just a celebration of what we have achieved in the last 40 years, or even our achievements today. There is so much more to come from Palo Alto University, and we’re confident our future will prove to be even more illustrious than what has gone before.” 


Founded as the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (PGSP) in 1975, in its first nine years, the school grew from only 34 students to more than 150 enrolled under the helm of first president Robert Kantor.

In 1984, Dr. Allen Calvin became president and remains president of PAU today. By the end of the 1980’s, the institution moved to Palo Alto and had more than 300 enrolled students. In 2002, we proudly established PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium program.  

In 1988, PAU opened the Gronowski Center; a psychology training clinic dedicated to providing compassionate counseling and psychotherapy services to adults, older adults, couples, adolescents, children, and families in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.  The clinic offers services on a sliding scale basis as part of its community mission.  Services are provided by doctoral level psychology students under the supervision of licensed psychologists. 

The President's Higher Education Community Service 2013 Honor Roll


Today, PAU has more than 1,000 registered students and is introducing new degree programs. In 2013, it was named in the President’s Higher Education Honor Roll in recognition of PAU’s commitment to service-learning, volunteering, and civic engagement.

In 2013 and 2014, PAU celebrated being granted the prestigious HEED award, which recognizes Education Excellence in Diversity.  PAU President Dr. Allen Calvin enthused, “We are proud to be among a group of just 20 educational institutions throughout the United States who are receiving this award for a second time. The award reflects our staff and faculty working together to prepare our students to serve a diverse community, both locally and globally.”


The future is bright for PAU as the university remains committed to providing quality education and student service excellence.  Plans to expand are moving forward both locally and globally, while focus on the integration of social psychology in business will keep the institution at the forefront of educational development.

PAU will continue to embrace technological advancements and use them to assist in engaging minds and improving lives.

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