Whitman Human Resources

Welcome to the Human Resources Department at Whitman College!  These are exciting times to work at Whitman. Located in the historic community of Walla Walla in the scenic wine country of southeastern Washington, Whitman’s beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually dynamic, diverse, and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty and 1,500 students. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top fifty liberal arts colleges in the country, Whitman is proud to count among its distinguished alumni the longest-serving justice in U.S. Supreme Court history, the first woman to serve as a law clerk for a Supreme Court justice, a U.S. ambassador, a nationally-acclaimed poet, the youngest astronaut in NASA’s history, the Chief Engineer of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Mars' Exploration, a former CEO of General Electric, and a Nobel laureate in physics.  Our accomplished faculty and staff are committed to sustaining Whitman’s national reputation for academic excellence and leadership.

A Great Place to Work

Whitman is truly a great place to work.  If you want to make a difference in an environment where ideas are important, where critical thinking and collaboration are valued, where bright, dedicated people work together to create a relaxed but intellectually rigorous student experience, then we welcome your inquiry. Whitman College is committed to achieving a diverse academic community and welcomes nominations of and applications from women, members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the College’s learning environment.

Why We’re Here

As Human Resource professionals, we have found the people of Whitman, faculty and staff alike, to be uncommonly devoted to this very special place and to this unique educational experience.  Whitman’s Human Resources team is equally committed to advancing the College’s reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and service, and to furthering its renown as a great place to work.   The Human Resources staff contributes to these goals through our work in six principal areas:

  • Supporting an engaging, diverse, and satisfying workplace culture.
  • Attracting and retaining a talented and diverse workforce.
  • Building individual and organizational capabilities.
  • Providing excellence, innovation, and flexibility in HR services and programs.
  • Earning trust as a confidential and effective resource for problem resolution.
  • Offering insightful leadership on people issues and strategies.

Above all, we believe that Whitman’s core values should inform our interactions as a community.  We support this perspective by consulting and collaborating as partners within the Whitman community to improve the institution’s performance, to further common focus, to advocate for best practices, to constructively resolve differences, and to encourage principled leadership at all levels.

Primary Areas of Focus

  • HR policies, practices, and communication.
  • Employment law compliance.
  • Staff recruitment, employment, and retention.
  • Onboarding/new hire orientation.
  • Staff compensation.
  • Employee benefits.
  • Performance management.
  • Training, mentoring, career development.
  • Employee relations, mediation and conflict resolution.
  • Organization values, culture, and employee engagement.
  • Strategies to support diversity.
  • Human resources planning, strategy, and change consultation.
  • Organization structure and design.
  • Leadership and management development.
  • Succession planning.

HR Values:  How We Want To Be Known


Committed to truth and the highest ethical standards.

Earning trust as a confidential resource. 

Apolitical team players, always doing what’s best for the Whitman community.

Being good stewards of Whitman’s resources.

Exceptional Work

Flawless execution and continuous improvement in Human Resource practices.

The right solutions, delivered with objectivity, responsiveness and transparency.

Understanding, meeting and exceeding our customer’s expectations.

Intelligent Leadership

Strategic leadership and a balanced perspective on people issues.

Demonstrated business acumen, understanding and insight.

Critical thinking, challenge of assumptions, and validation of facts.

Great Place to Work

A fulfilling environment that rewards performance, empowerment, and  accountability.

HR practices that build employee satisfaction and a spirit of accomplishment.

A respectful environment where people and ideas are diverse.


An approach that is consultative and collaborative, informed by best practices.

A few sensible policies that encourage sound judgment, discretion, and common sense. 

Constructive debate about continuous improvement.

Hassle-free, responsive solutions.