Whitman College invites nominations and applications for the
position of President.
Whitman College seeks a visionary leader who is a champion for
the transformative value of a liberal arts education in a rapidly
changing world and who understands the challenges and opportunities
on the horizon for higher education. The next President will
strengthen the Whitman experience and advance the College in
collaboration with passionate and dedicated faculty, staff,
students, trustees, alumni, parents, and friends.
Whitman is distinctively Western in its location and its
outlook. Situated in the heart of Walla Walla, Washington –
recognized as one of the 10 best small towns in America and
America’s best wine region – Whitman takes pride in being off the
beaten path and connected to the world. The highly selective
college is home to approximately 1,500 undergraduates from 43
states, one U.S. territory, and 48 nations. Students choose from 52
majors or design their own in partnership with Whitman’s 140+
teacher/scholar faculty members who cultivate a supportive and
vibrant academic community. Whitman’s rural location fosters a
close-knit community and experiences like “Semester in the West,”
environmental studies classes, and outdoor education programs.
Proximity to Seattle and Portland provides an abundance of
internship and career opportunities, including in the region’s
growing tech sector.
Reporting directly to and supported by the Board of Trustees,
the 15th President will have a record of inclusive and innovative
leadership, believe deeply in excellence in teaching and
scholarship, and will serve as an engaged advocate for learning
both inside and outside the classroom, including through athletics,
student clubs, and community engagement. With an endowment nearing
$800 million and a history of prudent financial management, the
next President will have the opportunity to invest and lead Whitman
in creating and implementing initiatives to increase accessibility
and affordability, provide additional faculty and staff support,
and enhance the student experience.
The ideal candidate will bring collaborative community building
skills, experience in shared governance, and a demonstrated track
record of creating a sense of belonging through a commitment to
diversity, equity, and inclusion. Adept at working with multiple
constituencies, the President will be a gifted communicator,
fundraiser, and empathetic listener ready to partner with the
Whitman community, as well as with stakeholders in Walla Walla and
the greater Pacific Northwest, to ensure Whitman’s future
For best consideration, please send
all nominations and applications to:
Shelly Weiss Storbeck, Global Education Practice Lead and Managing
Jim Sirianni, Managing Director
Lisa Solinsky, Senior Associate
For more information, please visit Whitman College’s homepage at
www.whitman.edu and www.whitman.edu/presidential-search.
Whitman College is building a diverse academic community and
welcomes nominations of and applications from women, members of
historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with
disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions to
the college’s learning environment.