Whitman Wire

What Makes a Metric

Chris Hankin, News Editor

February 25, 2018

Filed under NEWS

Folks in the Whitman community may have glossed right over the word “metric” in President Murray’s most recent email following the Board of Trustees February meeting. “Metrics” only warranted two mentions, though hashing out specifics over their implementation is sure to prove contentious. The...

Nancy Serrurier– On The Record

Rachel Needham, News Reporter

February 14, 2018

Filed under NEWS

On February 7th, Wire reporter Rachel Needham sat down with Chair-Elect of the Board of Trustees Nancy Serrurier to chat about her ambitions for Whitman. Serrurier has been on the Board for eight years, beginning when her son was a Sophomore at Whitman. She will take over from incumbent Brad McMurchie...

Trustees Make First Visit of Spring Semester

Trustees Make First Visit of Spring Semester

Chris Hankin, News Editor

February 7, 2018

Filed under NEWS

On February 7th, Trustees met with students for dialogue on a wide variety of topics including the mission statement, next year’s budget, fundraising, and metrics with which they can assess progress towards fulfillment of the strategic priorities. Between February 7th and 9th the Board will hold the...

Wire Obtains Leaked Document

Wire Obtains Leaked Document

Chris Hankin, News Editor

November 15, 2017

Filed under NEWS

Documents leaked to The Wire by an anonymous source indicate Whitman’s specific benchmarks to return to a 10-1 student-to-faculty ratio. The document indicates that the author hopes to reduce the number of FTE (Full Time Equivalent) by 19.5 by the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. President M...

Brad McMurchie – On the Record

Chris Hankin, News Editor

November 7, 2017

Filed under NEWS

Nearing the halfway point in his last year as Chair of the Board of Trustees, Brad McMurchie ‘84 sat down with The Wire News Editor Chris Hankin to chat about Whitman’s Strategic Priorities. What follows is a transcript of that conversation; small edits have been made for clarity and concision. &n...

Board of Trustees Streamlines Committee Structure

Nick Maahs, News Reporter

September 26, 2017

Filed under I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category, NEWS

An ASWC email sent out September 8 announced that Whitman’s policy committees have been consolidated to three more broadly defined advisory groups. The email sought student representatives for the three committees: Whitman Experience, Whitman Resources and Whitman Advancement. Each committee has 10 members...

Vast majority of Whitman trustees studied social sciences in undergrad

Andrew Schwartz, News Editor

May 4, 2017

Filed under NEWS

Attention is turned to the Board of Trustees this week as the group convenes for its annual Spring overseers meeting. We looked into the educational backgrounds of the board and found that it is dramatically skewed towards the social sciences in general, and economics in particular. Of the 16 trustees o...

Administrators and Students Communicate at College Governance Forum

Andy Monserud

October 20, 2016

Filed under NEWS

ASWC hosted its first-ever College Governance Forum last Thursday, where President Kathy Murray, Chair of the Board of Trustees Brad McMurchie and Faculty Chair Melissa Clearfield took student questions in a town-hall format in the Reid Coffeehouse. Clearfield, Murray and McMurchie took questions abo...

President Murray Describes Strategic Planning, Governing Board Updates in Email

Sarah Cornett, Editor-in-Chief

February 12, 2016

Filed under NEWS, News Briefs

In an email sent to students on Friday morning, President Kathy Murray recapped last week’s governing board meetings, which included talks on the upcoming strategic planning process and the approval of a 2016-2017 budget for the college. The Living at Whitman Initiative, the college’s plan to build ...

Students sit in for divestment as trustees deliberate

Students sit in for divestment as trustees deliberate

Natalie Berg

May 7, 2015

Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

From noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 272 students, faculty and staff members joined members of ASWC and Divest Whitman in a sit-in to protest the college's investments in fossil fuels. During the sit-in, ASWC President senior Tatiana Kaehler presented the recently-passed ASWC Resolution to the Boa...

Communication mishap delays student trustee referendum

Lachlan Johnson

October 16, 2014

Filed under ASWC, NEWS, News Highlight

Due to a failure in communication, the Student Trustee Resolution passed by the student body in a referendum last spring was never communicated to the Board of Trustees. Last May, students voted to pass the Student Trustee Resolution, marking the first time in recent memory that students have vot...

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