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Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor Elected Chair of Independent Colleges of Washington Board

August 31, 2017
Whitworth University President Beck A. Taylor, Ph.D., has been elected chair of the Independent Colleges of Washington board. ICW represents 10 private, nonprofit colleges and universities in public- policy matters and advocates for the value of higher education to the state.

“I’m honored to serve ICW’s board and the colleges and universities it represents,” Taylor says. “Our state benefits tremendously from a rich diversity of higher-education institutions, both public and private, and I look forward to working on behalf of the state’s private institutions to ensure our students continue to be well-served and prepared to serve our communities.”

ICW’s colleges enroll a total of 40,000 students and have graduation rates that consistently rank in the top five in the nation. All strive to provide exceptional quality with an emphasis on critical thinking, leadership and community service. Violet Boyer, ICW president and CEO, says Taylor leads by example and is committed to upholding these values.

“I am so pleased that President Taylor has been elected to chair the ICW board,” Boyer says. “He is deeply respected by his colleagues. He is an extraordinary leader and a compassionate visionary who continues to build momentum even in the most challenging of times. As ICW implements its new strategic plan, we have every confidence Beck will lead us into the next phase of excellence.”

In addition to chairing the ICW board, Taylor serves as president of the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities. He also serves on the boards of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, Thrive By Five Washington, Greater Spokane Incorporated, and the Spokane University District Public Development Authority.

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.

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or