Dear Alumni and Friends:
As we begin the new year, I’m deeply grateful for the support of so many alumni and families. Your dedication makes Whitman ever stronger, advancing the ways that Whitman prepares students to be the thinkers and leaders our world needs.
I’m delighted to announce the appointment of an important partner in these efforts, our new Provost and Dean of the Faculty Dr. Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak. Dr. Mermann-Jozwiak brings extensive academic leadership experience to Whitman, most recently from Bucknell University, and is a champion for the liberal arts.
Of further importance to our academic program, I’m pleased to share news of a high-impact gift to the Upward Together campaign from the Lawrence Parke Murphy Trust to support our new Human-Centered Design concentration with a designer-in-residence who will collaborate with students and faculty.
Earlier this week I was delighted to be with alumni and families in New York and Washington, DC for events celebrating the launch of our Upward Together campaign. We are deeply grateful for the campaign gifts of alumni and families that now total $157 million toward our $200 million goal!
I also want to thank so many of you who turned out this week for Whitties Helping Whitties in Bellevue, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. These networking events are so important in helping students and young alumni launch their careers on the highest trajectory.
Thanks to you, we have much to look forward to in 2024 and beyond. I appreciate all that you do for Whitman students!
Sarah R. Bolton