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AAUP review raises questions about Whitman’s finances and values

Rosa Woolsey and Grace Jackson March 3, 2022

This is the second article in The Wire’s ongoing coverage of the WCAAUP external financial analysis.  The 2020-21 Financial Sustainability Review (FSR) was intended to prepare Whitman for financial...

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Getting to know Whitman’s incoming president Dr. Sarah Bolton

Sara Marshall, News Reporter February 10, 2022

On Jan. 11, 2022, Dr. Sarah Bolton was named Whitman’s new president, concluding a year-long search by the Presidential Search Committee. The announcement was made virtually in a Zoom meeting hosted...

Board of Trustees votes on fiscal 2023 budget

Sara Marshall and Allison Cohen December 2, 2021

On Nov. 12, 2021, President Kathy Murray and Board of Trustees Chair Joe Davis sent an email to the Whitman community outlining the proposals voted on by the Board of Trustees for the 2023 fiscal budget. In...

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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...

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