Brad McMurchie, Chair, Board of TrusteesDear Alumni,

This fall, in the midst of the rhythms of the academic year and the myriad of other activities the campus is engaged in, conversations have taken place regarding the challenges of maintaining the affordability of a Whitman education.

In particular, faculty, students, administrators, alumni and governing board members have been wrestling with how to define the proper balance between financial aid and continuing to advance the excellence of the college.

Much of the work of the governing boards since the financial crisis has centered on trying to find this balance. Today, as we edge toward the finish line in the Now Is the Time Campaign and as we search for a new president, I write to affirm the board’s commitment to continuing to work with the Whitman community on this vital subject.

Regrettably, there are no easy solutions to the challenges presented by the escalating costs of higher education in America coupled with what are too often stagnating incomes for families wanting to attend Whitman. Thoughtful consideration of priorities and realistic assessments of potential outcomes are central to the development of a comprehensive strategy for Whitman. Governing boards are engaged in a variety of assessments of the college intended to inform the start of a strategic planning process once our new president arrives on campus. Issues of affordability and accessibility are certain to play a key role in this plan.


Brad McMurchie ’84
Chair, Board of Trustees