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Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor joins Council of Independent Colleges’ board of directors

January 14, 2015

Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor has been elected to the Council of Independent Colleges’ board of directors. Taylor will serve a three-year term, from Jan. 2015 to Jan. 2018.

The election was held during a Jan. 4 meeting of the board of directors at CIC’s 2015 Presidents Institute, in San Diego, Calif.

“I’m pleased to join the board of the largest association of colleges and universities in the country,” Taylor says. “I believe strongly in private, independent, liberal-arts education, and in the many institutions like Whitworth that deliver high-quality experiences for their students. I hope to serve well the more than 600 institutions of higher learning that are so integral to our country’s success.”

The CIC is the only national organization that focuses solely on providing services and a broad range of initiatives directly to independent colleges and universities to help improve the quality of education and strengthen institutional resources.

In addition to serving on the board of the CIC, Taylor is also on the boards of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, Thrive By Five Washington, Greater Spokane Incorporated, and Spokane University District Public Development Authority.

“The council is pleased to have Beck Taylor as a board member,” CIC President Richard Ekman says. “The CIC continues to implement many exciting new programs, projects and services, and needs a strong board of directors to oversee their planning and execution. I am certain that Dr. Taylor will serve the council admirably and we look forward to working with him.”

The CIC is an association of 750 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. The CIC focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. The council is headquartered in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

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.


Patti Green, executive assistant to the president and board secretary, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4665 or

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or