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Whitman alumnus Joe Davis to replace Nancy Serrurier as Board of Trustees Chair in May

Rosa Woolsey, Staff Reporter April 22, 2021

Whitman will soon have a new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Joe Davis, the current Vice-Chair, will assume the position after current Chair Nancy Serrurier's term comes to an end in May. Davis was elected...

AAUP pushes for “open search” process for new college president

Rosa Woolsey, Staff Reporter April 15, 2021

The Board of Trustees will soon begin their search for a successor to President Kathy Murray, who announced that she would be retiring from Whitman after the 2021-2022 school year. Arielle Cooley,...

Board approves cabinet’s FSR recommendations, makes final decisions on budget cuts to implement

Alasdair Padman, Editor-in-chief March 18, 2021

The Whitman community received an email on Thursday at 4:47 p.m. titled “Board of Trustees FSR decisions” from Sara Frey, Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The email contained...

Word spreads on a rushed final decision on FSR from Board of Trustees

Alasdair Padman, Editor-in-Chief March 18, 2021

Earlier this week, rumors began circulating among the Whitman community that the Board of Trustees would be meeting on Wednesday, March 17 to make their final decisions on the Financial Sustainability...

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“COVID has been a stark reminder of my own mortality”: President Murray set to retire early in June 2022

Lena Friedman, Staff Reporter March 11, 2021

President Kathy Murray announced at the end of February that she plans to retire from Whitman in June 2022 — three years earlier than planned. Tasked with finding the college’s next president, the...

Whitman continues to divest from fossil fuels despite financial worries

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter March 4, 2021

Whitman is continuing to reduce investments in Carbon Underground 200 groups more than two years after the initial vote to divest from fossil fuels. The Board of Trustees has identified in their Statement...

FSR recommendations impede some Inclusion Task Force action items, but may support others

Abby Main, Staff Reporter February 25, 2021

Whitman’s recently published Financial Sustainability Review (FSR) proposes cuts that, if adopted, could influence Whitman’s ability to actualize the action items published by the Inclusion Task Force...

Breaking: President Murray announces June 2022 retirement

Sean Gannon, News Editor February 22, 2021

President Kathy Murray announced in a community-wide email Monday morning her plans to retire from Whitman in June 2022. Murray had planned to use the final years of her contract — through the 2024-2025...

Board of Trustees delay budget approval

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter April 4, 2020

In February 2020, the Board of Trustees gathered on campus for the Winter Board Meetings. Traditionally, it is at these meetings that the board approves the budget for the coming fiscal year — but not...

Letter to the editor: Who are the Board of Trustees and what do they do? Board of Trustee Chair Nancy Serrurier answers student questions

Cameron Conner and Nikki Delgado February 13, 2020

During the week of Nov. 4, 2019, the Whitman College Board of Trustees convened on campus for their first meeting of the year. As Whitman’s highest governing body, the trustees meet to oversee the long-term...

Shrinking History Department Adjusts For Upcoming Year

Sylvie Corwin, Staff Reporter September 23, 2018

Professor David Schmitz’s departure from Whitman College last year left the History department understaffed and missing an important area of expertise. Schmitz specialized in American foreign policy...

Strategic Priorities Discussed at Feedback Forums

Kate Grumbles, Staff Reporter April 5, 2018

This past week, the Strategic Planning Committee released an update on the planning process over the past months and hosted three feedback sessions with the greater Whitman community. The document emailed...

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