Sarah Bolton meeting students outside.

Community. Cool treats. Cheerful vibes. This summer, Whitman College staff, faculty and students came together to welcome President Sarah Bolton to campus.

Bolton officially became Whitman’s 15th president on July 1, 2022. Later that month, the campus community was invited to meet their new president and enjoy a casual gathering on Ankeny Field that included artisan ice pops, gourmet ice cream pops and a spread of seasonal appetizers—all prepared by Bon Appétit, the college’s dining and catering provider.

The guest of honor mingled with the crowd—meeting many for the first time. “It was great to meet President Bolton,” says Marc Anthony Hidalgo, a senior admission intern, who attended that day. “I thought it was amazing that she immediately thanked us for our work in admission, how we help prospective students see themselves at Whitman. She just arrived and she was already thanking us. I am excited to see what she’ll do here.” Later that same week, Bolton hosted her first open office hours in Memorial Building, inviting the campus community to stop by and connect with her and others.

On the Road With Sarah

This fall, President Bolton will also be visiting various cities to connect with alumni, families and friends of the college at receptions hosted by Whitman. In the fall of 2022, events were held in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Walla Walla. See upcoming events.