Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Two new members join the Whitworth Board of Trustees


Jeremiah Case, '01, CPA
Jeremiah Case, ’01, a CPA at Deloitte & Touche LLP, and Randall Clark, Ph.D., retired president and CEO of Border Foods, were elected to the Whitworth University Board of Trustees this summer. Both Case and Clark will attend their first board meeting this October.

Case currently serves as a senior manager at Deloitte & Touche in Seattle, Wash. He has 12 years of experience serving clients in aerospace and defense, health insurance, venture capital, and banking and finance.

“Jeremiah Case has proven himself at a relatively young age as an outstanding leader and exemplary Whitworth alumnus,” says Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor. “His transformational experience as a Whitworth student will fuel his drive to see current students experience the best Whitworth has to offer. I expect Jeremiah will push us hard to continue to improve all areas of the university, and I’m confident Whitworth will be better for his efforts.”

Case and his wife, Elizabeth (Milliron), ’02, both serve on the Whitworth Business Advisory Board. Case has also served on the boards of the Epilepsy Foundation Northwest and Bellevue Area Young Life Committee.

“Whitworth was a special place for me,” says Case. “As an alumnus, I look forward to giving back to an institution that was transformative in my personal and professional development.”

Jeremiah Case holds a B.A. in accounting from Whitworth. Elizabeth Case holds a B.A. in Speech Communication from Whitworth.

Randall Clark, Ph.D.
Randall Clark is the assistant softball coach at Whitworth University and is the father of Whitworth Head Softball Coach Cristal Brown. In 2011, Clark retired from Border Foods, in Deming, N.M., where he served as president and CEO. The company was on the brink of bankruptcy when Clark assumed its leadership, and he was able to transform it into a highly profitable enterprise. In May 2011, Border was purchased by Mizkan Americas for a reported $100 million.

“I’m thrilled that Randy Clark is joining the board,” says Taylor. “He has already demonstrated a love for Whitworth’s mission and its students, and his background and experiences in Christian higher education will serve the university well. I am confident that his service on the board will strengthen Whitworth’s commitment to mind-and-heart education, and I appreciate Randy’s spirit of service and generosity.”

Prior to his time at Border Foods, Clark served as the CEO of several produce companies, including Mike Yarosek and Sons, and Fruit Patch, Inc., the largest tree-fruit supplier in the U.S. He founded Golden Valley Produce, which he sold to Bolthouse Farms, where he served as vice president of marketing and production. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Graziadio School of Business Management at Pepperdine University (Calif.) and Wilberforce University (Ohio). He also served as a professor of accounting at Master’s College.

“I am very honored to be a part of an educational institution that is so highly respected,” says Clark. “The quality of the graduates and current students is a reflection of the dedication and commitment by the university's leadership.”

Clark holds a B.A. from Cedarville College and a master’s degree in accounting from Kent State University. He received his Ph.D. in organization leadership from the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine. In addition to teaching, Clark has also served as a board member for Athletics in Action and  was a recipient of Pepperdine’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Scott McQuilkin, vice president for institutional advancement, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4386 or smcquilkin@whitworth.edu.

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or lbeechinor@whitworth.edu.