The Gordon Scribner Award for Distinguished Service, created to honor Gordon Scribner ’42, former dean of students and director of alumni, is given to an individual who has made a major contribution of volunteer time and effort to Whitman College over an extended period of time and possesses the ability to inspire.

The 2019 Gordon Scribner Award winner is Phil Gardner Class of 1969

Phil Gardner 1969Through his dual roles at Michigan State University as both the Director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute and as the recently-retired Executive Director of the University's Career Services Network, Phil Gardner has become the most sought-after national commentator on data and recruiting trends for colleges and universities as they prepare their students to be ready for life after graduation and the professional world. He has consistently been available to Whitman students, from the days of the Career Center through the creation of the Student Engagement Center, and as a consultant to the initial working group on Life After Whitman. Gardner continues to offer assistance as tactics and strategies are being developed for Whitman's Strategic Plan. This award was presented in May at the 50th reunion of the Class of 1969.