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Welcome to Whitman College
Let me be among the first to welcome you to Whitman College! As a newcomer myself, I’ve discovered that Whitman offers an extraordinary liberal arts experience—one that students describe as being very supportive and communal, while also being challenging and designed to bring out their best.
This incredible academic experience is made possible by the work and through the partnership of our faculty and staff. You are joining a dedicated group of people who take great pride in their work which supports students, faculty, fellow staff members and alumni in their pursuit of academic and professional goals. As a new staff member, you’ll soon discover “The Whitman Way” and just how great a liberal arts education can be when everyone works together to succeed.
Academic expectations are high at Whitman College, but so are levels of support aimed at helping each student thrive in this residential learning community. In the words of one student: “People genuinely want to help you here. When faculty and staff members ask how you are, they really mean it. They stop and listen to your response and ask questions.”
College wide, we value collaboration, communication and diversity (of people and of ideas). These values are integrated into the work we do each day and I look forward to witnessing the impact of your voice and your ideas on that work.
Thank you for joining the Whitman College team. I look forward to meeting you and working together.
With warm wishes and best regards,
Kathleen M. Murray
The mission of the Whitman College Human Resources Department is to provide full service, highly professional, progressive and consistent Human Resource policies, practices, and procedures, which will support the mission and educational goals of Whitman College.
We will provide a level of consistent excellence in the areas of recruitment, employment, compensation, benefits, training and development, employment law compliance and communication with employees, which will lead to the development of a positive work environment for Whitman College faculty and staff.
Primary Areas of Service:
- Staff recruitment, employment and retention
- Employee benefit administration and planning
- Supervisor support through training and development
- Employment law compliance
- Human Resource policy formation, interpretation and communication
- Employee relations/conflict resolution
- Review of staff compensation employee record maintenance
In 1882, Whitman Seminary became known as "Whitman College and Seminary," with the first college courses offered in winter 1882-1883. Since that time, the College has been a leading cultural and educational institution in the Pacific Northwest. Whitman received the first college Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the Northwest, and was the first college in the nation to institute oral and written comprehensive exams in the major for seniors. In recent years, as its reputation has spread, Whitman has garnered a considerable amount of praise in various national rankings of colleges.
Whitman is an independent, coeducational liberal arts and sciences college. All of our students are undergraduates. Our student body numbers about 1,450 and our full-time faculty about 134. As an independent college, Whitman receives no support for our operating budget from government sources; the College depends upon support from endowment earnings, gifts and tuition revenue.
Whitman College counts among her alumni a Nobel Prize winner in physics, a former United States Supreme Court justice, presidents of major corporations, leaders in law, government and the Foreign Service, and many prominent academic figures. The College’s alumni include thousands of active responsible citizens who are making outstanding contributions to their professions, to their families and to their communities.
The College is situated in a pleasant residential neighborhood, just a couple of blocks from Walla Walla’s Main Street, which was recently named, by Sunset Magazine, the West’s best main street. Walla Walla is an attractive, friendly city of 30,000, located in the southeastern part of Washington State. It is known for its many art galleries, its symphony orchestra, its easy access to outdoor recreation and its 30 premium wineries.
Whitman’s main campus encompasses about 60 acres. The clock tower on Memorial Building, constructed in 1899, is the campus’s most distinctive visual landmark. In recent years, the campus has been transformed by numerous construction and renovation projects, including Bratton Tennis Center, Penrose Library, the new Reid Campus Center, and a new Science Building. The campus also includes a 30-acre athletic complex several blocks from the main campus and a 26-acre wilderness campus in the nearby Blue Mountains.
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Whitman College and the city of Walla Walla have a relationship that is rooted in shared history, in economic progress, and in many hundreds of personal friendships and associations. The relationship is, of course, a two-way street. The College depends upon the city’s good will and the city benefits by the College’s continuing success.
The Whitman College Town-Gown Award was established in recognition of the importance the College places on community service and strong community relations. The award is given each year to a Whitman College faculty or staff member who has contributed notable service to the Walla Walla community.
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