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Whitworth University Board of Trustees Elects Two New Members

June 4, 2019
The Whitworth University Board of Trustees is honored to welcome new members Brenda Williams and Fred Stockton.

Brenda Williams

Brenda Williams is the vice president of The Williams Group, a public relations and advertising agency she co-founded with her husband, Mike, in Olympia, Wash., in 1993. The pair also owned and operated a retail store for 17 years that specialized in trophies and plaques.

Williams serves on the Women United Global Leadership Council, a national board for United Way. She is a founding member of Women United for the United Way of Thurston County and serves on the leadership team.

Williams is a graduate of Smith College where she majored in economics and English. She and Mike have two sons, Cameron ‘13 and Henry ’11, and a daughter-in-law, Kate ’11, who are all Whitworth graduates.

“Whitworth is so fortunate to welcome Brenda Williams to its board,” President Beck A. Taylor says. “I’ve known Brenda and her husband, Mike, for many years, and as a devoted and passionate parent of two former students, Brenda is well aware of the transformative power of Whitworth’s mind-and-heart education. Brenda is a community leader and small-business owner who will bring those skills and more to her service, and I can’t wait to serve alongside her for many years to come.”

Tennis runs in the Williams family. Brenda is a volunteer for the Pacific Northwest Section of the United States Tennis Association and is the Washington State Senior Games co-commissioner for tennis. She and her husband have taken part in several National Senior Games. Their son, Cameron ’13, was just promoted to head coach of Whitworth’s men’s tennis team.

“I am truly honored to be joining the Whitworth Board of Trustees,” Williams says. “Whitworth has played an important role in our family, and I am proud to have the opportunity to join such a talented group of individuals on the board as we help lead Whitworth in the coming years.”

Fred Stockton 

Fred Stockton is a newly retired entrepreneur and private equity investor.

Born and raised in Seattle, Stockton earned his degree from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business with emphases in computer science, finance and marketing.

Stockton has held management, board and investor positions in both publicly and privately owned companies. He was most recently the global director of art for Keywords Studios PLC, a technical services company for the video gaming industry, until he retired in 2018.

Prior to his position at Keywords, Stockton served as president and chief executive officer of TRM Corp. and from 1985-97 was president and CEO of the Estey Corp. in Portland, Ore.

“I am honored to have been selected to join the Whitworth University Board of Trustees,” says Stockton. “It is my goal to make a contribution toward the continued success of what I believe to be one of the finest educational institutions in the United States.”

Stockton and his wife, Christy, have three children. Their son, Cole ’20, is majoring in business administration at Whitworth. The couple also has a son, Erin, who lives in Kansas City, Mo., and a daughter, Kelsey, who graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in psychology who is currently completing a doctorate in occupational therapy.

“Once again, Whitworth’s board of trustees has shown its wisdom in tapping Fred Stockton for service,” Taylor says. “As a parent of a current student, Fred and his wife, Christy, know how important Whitworth’s commitments to integrating Christian faith and learning truly are. As a seasoned business executive and current leader on Whitworth’s School of Business Advisory Board, Fred will bring valuable insights that will be important to securing Whitworth’s bright future.”

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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