Former Washington Supreme Court Justice Charles Z. Smith
to Deliver Keynote Address

 WALLA WALLA, Wash.-- The Whitman College Board of Trustees will install George S. Bridges as the college’s 13th president in a formal ceremony Thursday, Nov. 3, at Cordiner Hall, 46 S. Park St.


President George S. Bridges
The presidential installation ceremony at 4 p.m. in Cordiner and the reception in the hall’s foyer at 5:30 p.m. are open to the public. The installation ceremony will be available to the public on a live webcast at Traditional pomp and circumstance will accompany the occasion, and Dr. Bridges will present an address, “A Paradigm and Pledge for Whitman’s Future: Liberal Arts and Sciences, Relational Learning and Accessible Opportunity.” Armand Minthorn, trustee, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, will give the ceremony a tribal blessing. The keynote address will be delivered by Charles Z. Smith, retired justice, Washington State Supreme Court: “The Challenge to Higher Education in an Inclusive Society.” The ceremony will also feature performances by Whitman musicians.


 Dr. Bridges, a Seattle native, succeeded Tom Cronin as Whitman’s president on July 1, bringing with him a distinguished academic career spanning nearly 30 years. He previously served as dean and vice provost of undergraduate education at the University of Washington, where he had been a professor of sociology since 1982. As dean and vice provost, he administered the Honors Program, a liberal arts curriculum for the university’s most academically capable undergraduates.

 Dr. Bridges earned his bachelor’s degree, cum laude and with distinction in sociology, from the University of Washington in 1972, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973 and 1979, respectively. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, American University, the University of Maryland and Case Western Reserve University, in addition to his professional administrative experience at the University of Washington. He also served on the staff of the Attorney General of the United States in Washington, D.C., in the Office of Policy and Planning and with the Federal Justice Research Program. Dr. Bridges’ numerous honors and awards include the 1995 Washington Council on Crime and Delinquency’s Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Scholar and a 1996 Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Washington, its highest teaching honor.

 Justice Smith retired as a member of the Washington State Supreme Court after 14 years of service on Dec. 31, 2002. His landmark career in law in Washington State included service as municipal judge, superior court judge and justice on the state Supreme Court. During his career he set an example of how one can commit to public service through the practice of law. A professor of law emeritus at the University of Washington, his professional and community service has included extensive work on behalf of religious freedom and immigrants’ rights, and he has worked on numerous juvenile justice projects, including as a member of the Criminal Justice Standards and the Juvenile Justice committees of the American Bar Association.

 Justice Smith holds a bachelor of science degree from Temple University and a juris doctor degree from the University of Washington School of Law, and he is a graduate of the Naval Justice School, Newport, Rhode Island. He retired in 1986 from the United States Marine Corps Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and his many honors and awards include the Washington State Bar Association Lifetime Service Award and the 1990 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the UW School of Law.

CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156