Farm Committee Members

barnFarm committees at Whitman trace back to the 1930s, when farm mortgages came into the college’s investment portfolio. The “modern” Whitman Farm Committee took root in 1950, when Whitman President Chester Maxey appointed a group of four local farmers — Henry Copeland, Lester Robison, Ed Tucker and Clarence Braden — to oversee its farm holdings.

The current all-volunteer group acts as a kind of professional management team for Whitman’s extensive farm assets, working on everything from soil conservation to lease agreements. Members tour all 15 Whitman farm properties twice a year.

The committee oversees a combined 22,000 acres of farmland stretching over four counties: Walla Walla, Umatilla, Garfield and Columbia.

Committee Office Name Governing Board or Staff Role
     
Trustee Chair David W. Wyckoff ’67 Trustee Emeritus
Vice Chair Alexander C. McGregor ’71 Overseer Emeritus
  Dennis E. Davin ’56 Overseer Emeritus
  Jack Fredrickson  
  Dwelley E. Jones ’74  
  Frank G. Lamb ’62  
  Donald T. Lieuallen ’58  
  Laura Minnick  
  Robert R. Reid ’49  
 Ex-officio Peter van Oppen ’74 Trustee
  Mark S. Vogler ’74  
  Jerry Zahl  
  Court Wyckoff  
     
Ex-officio James K. Hayner Trustee Emeritus
YWCA Representative Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin ’85  
Staff Liaison Peter Harvey ’84 Treasurer & Chief Financial Officer
Staff Liaison Justin D. Rodegerdts Financial Analyst
Administrative Support Nancy Jungmann Executive Assistant to the Treasurer

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