Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Whitworth trustee and alum creates the Sue Chandler Endowed Professorship in honor of his wife


Today, in a surprise announcement in Whitworth University’s Robinson Teaching Theatre, university trustee Scott Chandler, ’84, pledged to fund a new endowed professorship to be named in honor of his wife, Sue, ’85.

Sue Chandler, who earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and physical education at Whitworth, was elected and has served on the Littleton (Colo.) Public School Board since 2005. Additionally, she is the board liaison to the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning and the Greater Littleton Youth Initiative. She is also the co-chair of the Greater Littleton Youth Initiative and has served on a National Peer Leader Committee for Health and Wellness in Education.

“Sue has always put the needs of students first, has treated each one as an individual, and has been an advocate for all students,” Scott says. “Her actions on a daily basis reinforce the education of  mind and heart she received from Whitworth.”

In 2011, Sue was awarded the McGuffey Award from the Colorado Association of School Boards. She has also been recognized by a number of other organizations, including Directors of Volunteers in Agencies and Colorado Association of Partners in Education, for her years of outstanding service in education.

“There are no two greater champions for Whitworth’s mission than Sue and Scott Chandler,” Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor says. “As alumni, Sue and Scott have first-hand experience of the important and transformative roles faculty members can play in the intellectual and spiritual lives of our students. Additionally, they have the greatest commitment to seeing Whitworth’s School of Education continue to be a leader in shaping tomorrow’s teachers. That is why this gift and the endowed professorship it will support fit so perfectly.”

Barbara Sanders, interim dean for the School of Education at Whitworth, says the endowment will be used in several areas in the School of Education, including increasing community-outreach efforts, advancing faculty scholarship, and supporting initiatives that improve K-12 teacher preparation. “I, and all members of the School of Education, are honored and thrilled with this generous gift,” Sanders says.

Scott Chandler has been the managing partner of Franklin Court Partners, Inc., a leading boutique consulting practice. Prior to FCP, Chandler was a founder/chief financial officer and senior vice president for RHYTHMS Net Connections. He currently serves on the boards of MegaPath Networks, Purcell Systems, Cimetrix, MobilePulse, and ARCThrift Colorado, as well as on a number of advisory boards.

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

Contacts:

Barbara Sanders, interim dean for the School of Education, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4303 or bsanders@whitworth.edu.

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