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Alumni Board - November 2017

Whitman College Alumni Board 2018-2019

Pictured left to right:
First row: Emily Arneson '06, Laura Bales '89, Debi Aucutt Toews '76
Second row: Evan Jones '97, Greg Saliba '90, Ben Kubaney '05, Dennis McNair '67, Russ Oliver '93
Third row: Tom Henderson '83, Aaron Blank '01, Matt Dittrich '12, Ellie Klein '10
Not pictured: Sarah Deming '10


Name City Email Address Term

Aaron Blank '01
New York, NY email Aaron
Dennis McNair ’67
Vice President
Johnstown, PA email Dennis
Emily Arneson '06 Spokane, WA email Emily
Laura Bales '89 Tacoma. WA email Laura
Sarah Deming '10 San Francisco, CA
Matt Dittrich '12 Seattle, WA email Matt
Thomas W. Henderson '83 Centennial, CO email Thomas
Evan Jones '97 Pasadena, CA email Evan
Ellie Klein '10 Seattle, WA  
Ben Kubany '05 Portland, OR email Ben
Russ Oliver '93 Bothell, WA email Russ
Greg Saliba '90 Lake Oswego, OR
Debi Aucutt Toews '76 Walla Walla, WA email Debi

Meet our Alumni Board Members

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What is the purpose of the Alumni Board?

In 1895, Whitman College alumni organized the Alumni Association to promote the interests of its members and their Alma Mater. Today the Whitman College Alumni Association continues to foster and maintain those interests between Whitman and its extended family.

To carry out this mission, the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association maintains standing committees which advise the Alumni Office on alumni matters and communicate alumni reactions to College programs.

In other words, they work to keep you connected, and to bring your concerns back to the administration. Let them know how you feel! Email the board members in your area.

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What can the Alumni Board do for me?

They are your representatives, your voice. They can take your opinions, thoughts, and ideas back to the college, and bring information home to you. If you move into one of their areas, call for information about your new city.

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The Alumni Association Board of Directors seeks new members on an annual basis

Every January, the Alumni Board sends out a notice to alumni about board vacancies. All alumni are invited to consider petitioning with preference given to candidates who bring diverse experiences and perspectives to the position and contribute to increasing alumni engagement. Alumni who have previously submitted petitions will be considered. Board members serve three-year terms beginning July 1. The board should reflect the diversity of the Alumni Association, demonstrate volunteer service to Whitman and represent various class years, geographical areas and interests.

The alumni board meets in Walla Walla two times per calendar year and via conference call in between. Attendance is required at meetings and expected at local area events. Deadline to submit documents related to petitioning is March 15, 2020 c/o Nancy Mitchell, director of alumni relations, at mitchenl@whitman.edu.  

If you are interested in submitting a petition for the Alumni Board, please review the Alumni Board Member Job Description and the Alumni Association Current By-laws (both pdf forms).

Alumni Association Board of Directors

Members of the board serve three-year terms beginning July 1. The Board should be representative of the diversity of the Alumni Association, with members who have demonstrated volunteer service to Whitman, represent various class years, geographical areas and interests. Alumni Board members meet in Walla Walla two times per calendar year and via conference call between meetings. Attendance is required at the meetings and expected at local area events.

How to join the Alumni Board

Board members are identified in two ways:

1) Petition

Individuals interested in serving on the board must complete the following:

  • A signed “Willingness to Serve” form
  • Submit a bio of not more than 500 words
  • A statement of qualifications not more than 250 words
  • Twelve emails/letters of support from alumni

Click  here for details.

2) Nomination

Individuals may be nominated by another alumnus or by a member of the Whitman College administration/staff/faculty. Once a nomination reaches the Director of Alumni Relations, the individual will be contacted by a member of the Nominating Committee to gauge interest. If sufficient interest is shown, the nominee will be required to submit documents identical to a petitioner.

Documents should be submitted to Nancy Mitchell, Director of Alumni Relations, Whitman College, 345 Boyer Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362, mitchenl@whitman.edu. If you have any questions, please call 509-527-5952.

Once a petition or nomination is received, you will be contacted by a member of the Alumni Board Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee presents their final slate to the Alumni Board for a vote at the spring meeting.

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Whitman College Alumni Association

All graduates of Whitman College are automatically members of the Alumni Association. Anyone who has attended Whitman for one year, and whose class has graduated, can also become a member by calling the alumni office and asking to be added. You will receive the Whitman magazine, newsletters, mailings about class reunions and alumni events in your area, and will be solicited by your class Alumni Fund representative for contributions to the College. There are no membership dues for the Alumni Association.

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