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Whitworth University Forms Presidential Search Committee

April 16, 2021

Whitworth University Board of Trustees Chair Brian Kirkpatrick announced today the launch of a 17-member presidential search committee to select President Beck A. Taylor’s successor. The committee hopes the 19th president will be in office by early to mid-2022. 

Whitworth’s Forensic Team Wins National Tournament for Eighth Time

April 1, 2021

The Whitworth University forensics team claimed the No. 1 spot for the eighth time in nine years at the National Christian College Forensics Association’s tournament March 25-28.

Whitworth Welcomes Spokane Author Jess Walter for a Virtual Conversation on “The Cold Millions”

March 30, 2021

The Whitworth History Department is pleased to offer An Evening with Jess Walter in which the award-winning Spokane author will talk about his latest book, The Cold Millions, on Tuesday, April 6, at 7 p.m.

Whitworth University to Welcome Nine New Act Six Scholars

March 24, 2021

Whitworth University is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Act Six Leadership Scholarships. 

Whitworth University Names Scott McQuilkin Interim President

March 19, 2021

The Whitworth University Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee has selected Scott McQuilkin to serve as the university’s interim president, starting June 1, 2021. The selection was made during a called meeting of the committee on March 18. President Beck A. Taylor, Whitworth’s 18th president, recently announced his acceptance of the presidency at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., and will resign from Whitworth at the end of May. Whitworth’s full board will ratify McQuilkin’s selection at its April meeting.

Whitworth Theatre Presents Its Spring Production, “Antigone”

March 15, 2021

Whitworth Theatre is proud to present its virtual spring production, Antigone, March 19-21. Although it is “rooted in the text of Ancient Greece,” the production is “brimming with original contributions that will appeal to a contemporary audience,” says Naphtali Leyland Fields-Forbes, visiting assistant professor of theatre and Antigone director.

Whitworth to Hold In-Person Commencement Ceremonies in May

Whitworth University will celebrate the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020 during separate ceremonies May 22 and 23. 

Whitworth University President Beck A. Taylor Leaving for Alabama Post

March 10, 2021

Whitworth University President Beck A. Taylor has accepted a university presidency in Birmingham, Ala., and will resign from Whitworth May 31 after leading the institution since 2010, Brian Kirkpatrick, chair of Whitworth’s board of trustees, announced today. On July 1, Taylor, 51, will become president of Samford University, a 6,000-student Christian institution and the 87th oldest university in the U.S. Taylor served Samford as dean of its Brock School of Business from 2005-10 prior to serving as Whitworth’s 18th president.

Whitworth and WSU Offer Free Online Tax Assistance Through VITA Program

March 5, 2021

Qualifying residents in Eastern Washington can get free online help with federal tax returns through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA).

Whitworth Named to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s 2021 Transfer Honor Roll

March 3, 2021

Whitworth is pleased to announce it has been named to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s Transfer Honor Roll for the second year in a row.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to speak at Whitworth University’s President’s Leadership Forum Sept. 29, 2021

March 2, 2021


Whitworth University is pleased to announce Madeleine Albright, who served as the nation’s 64th secretary of state, will be the featured speaker at Whitworth’s fall President’s Leadership Forum, to be held Sept. 29, 2021 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the Spokane Convention Center. Registration is now open. 

Whitworth University Announces Intentions for 2021 Fall Term

February 19, 2021

Whitworth University announced today its intention to resume normal operations for the 2021 Fall Term, including unrestricted occupancy in campus residence halls and a full array of in-person classes and co-curricular experiences. These are important and valuable aspects of a Whitworth education of mind and heart. 

Whitworth Named Military Friendly School for Fifth Consecutive Year

February 17, 2021

Whitworth University has earned the 2021-2022 Military Friendly® School designation, with bronze distinction, by Viqtory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM Jobs SM and Military Spouse. This is the fifth consecutive year Whitworth has received this honor.

The Rev. Esau McCaulley to Give Whitworth’s First Emmaus Scholars Lecture

February 10, 2021

Whitworth University’s Emmaus Scholars Program and campus ministry are pleased to host award-winning author Rev. Esau McCaulley, Ph.D., who will give the inaugural Emmaus Scholars Lecture on Monday, March 1, from 7-8:30 p.m. 

Whitworth Forensic Team Makes History at the Western Washington University Online Tournament

February 1, 2021

The Whitworth University Forensics team made history this month by winning the Western Washington University online tournament on Jan. 22-24.

Whitworth to Host First Korean American NASA Astronaut Jonny Kim

January 29, 2021


Whitworth’s Speakers & Artists Series is pleased to welcome Jonny Kim, NASA’s first Korean American astronaut, on Feb. 23, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. for an intriguing virtual conversation with Associate Professor of Psychology Mark Baird titled “Never Give Up! How Resilience Can Help You Find and Focus on Your Calling at Any Stage of Life.” 

Professor of Music Brent Edstrom Named Amy M. Ryan Endowed Professor

January 25, 2021

Whitworth University is pleased to announce Brent Edstrom, professor of music, has been named the next Amy M. Ryan Endowed Professor within the College of Arts & Sciences. 

Whitworth’s Master of Education in School Counseling Degree Receives Accreditation

January 11, 2021

The Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) has approved accreditation for Whitworth University’s master of education in school counseling program through 2028.