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Larry Probus named new Vice President of Finance and Administration at Whitworth University

March 30, 2016
Whitworth University is honored to announce that Lawrence (Larry) Probus, chief financial officer and senior vice president of strategic solutions for World Vision U.S., has been appointed as the university’s new vice president for finance and administration. Probus has served for 12 years at World Vision U.S., directing the finance, information technology, legal and corporate service functions of the organization. He will take over from Jim Munyon, interim vice president and former Whitworth trustee, beginning July 1.

"Larry Probus brings with him a wealth of experiences in leading large, complex organizations,” says Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor. “His work at World Vision, one of the world's largest Christian nonprofits, will bring great value to Whitworth. But what makes Larry the best fit for Whitworth is his absolute love for Whitworth's educational and Christ-centered mission. I'm looking forward to working with Larry as Whitworth prepares students for lives of service and meaning."

Prior to joining World Vision, Probus served as a senior vice president of Brown-Forman Corporation, an international consumer products company whose leading brands include Lenox China, Gorham Silver, Jack Daniel’s, and Hartmann Luggage. He was also a supervisor at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).  In 2009, he was recognized as Chief Financial Officer of the Year for nonprofit organizations in Washington state. Probus is a former member of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council and the Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee, a group of leaders from business, academia and government who provide counsel to the Financial Accounting Standards Board. He graduated magna cum laude from Western Kentucky University and is a certified public accountant.

“I believe God has prepared me for this next chapter of life, and I am excited about the opportunity it presents,” says Probus. “As the father of a current Whitworth student and another who begins in the fall semester, I have the highest regard for the school’s academic rigor and its mission to provide an education of the mind and heart. I look forward to serving alongside such a stellar team.”

Probus and his wife, Jan, have four children, ages 18-27. They attend Sammamish Presbyterian Church, in Western Washington.

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 more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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