George Bridges joined the Whitman community as its thirteenth president on July 1, 2005, bringing with him a distinguished academic career spanning nearly 30 years.
In his previous position as dean and vice provost of undergraduate education at the University of Washington, Dr. Bridges administered the Honors Program, a liberal arts curriculum for the university’s most academically capable undergraduates. He also oversaw the Mary Gates Endowment, the university’s single largest endowment to support undergraduate scholarships for participation in research and service, and a variety of other programs that supported the academic experiences of UW undergraduates. Prior to his appointment as dean, Dr. Bridges served as associate dean and associate vice provost of undergraduate education in addition to his work as professor of sociology. Among many accomplishments, he developed and launched major initiatives for faculty and undergraduate students on teaching and learning. These initiatives established four major institutes and programs to assist faculty improve their teaching skills and to create small, liberal arts learning experiences for undergraduates enrolled at the UW.
After earning his undergraduate degree in 1972 from the University of Washington, Dr. Bridges pursued his graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. There he earned his MA in criminology (1973) and Ph.D. in sociology (1979). His areas of expertise include social control, criminal justice, juvenile justice, crime and its measurement, and research methods and statistics.
A full biography is available here.
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