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Whitworth Trustee Jim Munyon to serve as Interim Vice President of Finance and Administration

November 25, 2015
As Whitworth University bids colleague and friend Gerry Gemmill farewell due to his new role as CEO of Spokane County, attention turns to planning for the interim position and the search for Gemmill’s replacement.

Jim Munyon, currently a member of the Whitworth board of trustees, will step in to serve Whitworth as interim vice president of finance and administration, effective Wednesday, Dec. 9. Munyon will vacate his board seat permanently as he moves into this new service role, and he will not be a candidate for the permanent position. He has been a board member since 2002, serving on the board’s finance committee and as chair of the audit committee. As such, he already enjoys close working relationships with many in the finance and administration division at Whitworth.

Munyon brings a wealth of financial and executive-level leadership. He most recently served as CEO of AIB International, in Manhattan, Kan., retiring in 2014. He has held executive positions with organizations such as J.R. Simplot Co., Nestle Co., and Carnation Co. He and his wife, Jeanette, have been faithful supporters of Whitworth’s mission for many years, attending various campus activities and conferences.

“Jim wholeheartedly supports Whitworth’s Christ-centered mission, and I’m grateful for his willingness to step into this important role,” said Whitworth President Beck Taylor. “He will serve until a permanent hire is made. We welcome him into his new role at Whitworth and will support him as he provides important leadership to our business affairs, human resources, information technology and facilities services areas.”

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.


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