barber Mary Deming Barber

Mary Deming Barber ’78 of Anchorage, Alaska, joins the Alumni Association board. Barber, with more than three decades of public relations experience, formed her own firm in 2000. She continues to serve as president and CEO of the Barber Group Inc., a strategic communications and public relations firm in Anchorage.

Barber has served on the boards of the Public Relations Society of America as well as her local United Way chapter. In 2009 she was inducted into the Anchorage chapter of the Athena Society, which recognizes women for their professional excellence, commitment to community and encouragement of the leadership potential of women. She has served Whitman as an admission and associate class representative.

Barber was on campus for her first alumni board meeting in October 2009. She looks forward to applying her communications skills to advance the already strong sense of community held by Whitman students, parents and alumni.

Nominate alumni to the board

All alumni may participate in nominating new members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Twelve or more alumni must sign a petition on behalf of someone they wish to nominate. E-mails are acceptable.

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. A board member job description is available from the Office of Alumni or by visiting

The deadline for nominating petitions is Jan. 31, 2010. Send petitions to Polly Schmitz ’83, assistant vice president for alumni relations, Whitman College, 345 Boyer Ave., Walla Walla, WA 99362. Questions? Call (800) 835-9448, ext. 1, or e-mail