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Whitworth Named a “Best Christian Workplace” by National Human Resources Consulting Firm

January 8, 2018
Whitworth University has again been named a "Best Christian Workplace" based on a national survey of employees at hundreds of Christian universities, churches, businesses and nonprofit organizations.

This marks the fifth time Whitworth has participated in this survey and been recognized as a Best Christian Workplace.

As a certified “Best Christian Workplace,” Whitworth, meets the objective, measurable standards of a flourishing workplace culture. Whitworth employees confidentially responded to the Best Christian Workplaces Institute’s online survey comprised of more than 50 questions on topics such as job satisfaction, personal development, management, commitment, and compensation and benefits. This year, 77 percent of Whitworth employees participated in the survey.

“Whitworth’s enduring mind-and-heart mission seeks to equip our community ‘to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity,’” says President Beck A. Taylor. “It’s hard to imagine how Whitworth can faithfully live into this noble mission without faithful, talented and engaged employees. I’m so grateful that Whitworth’s employees have once again affirmed our mutual commitments to making Whitworth a great place to work. Although we celebrate this achievement, we simultaneously recommit ourselves to continuous improvement and to making Whitworth an even better place for those who work here.”

While overall employee engagement continues to be high at Whitworth, employees also rated the university most strongly in the areas of healthy communication, fantastic teams, uplifting growth and life-giving work.

All participating organizations have access to the results of the surveys to support ongoing improvements of their workplace practices. The Whitworth 2021 vision and strategic plan includes a goal of investing in Whitworth's employees and creating a culture of continuous improvement. This survey is just one tool Whitworth uses to assess the progress the university is making toward achieving its goals in this area.

“It is very rewarding to see how investments in a robust staff performance management process have made a difference for our employees,” says Dolores Humiston, associate vice president of human resources. “This is a direct result of improvements made after the last survey was taken in 2014. We look forward to digging into the latest results and identifying additional areas to focus on for the future.”

Best Christian Workplaces Institute is a research-based organizational and human resources consulting firm based on Mercer Island, Wash. The official list of Best Christian Workplaces will be posted on BCWI’s website later this month. For more information:

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


Dolores Humiston, associate vice president of human resources, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4320 or

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