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Then & Now: Bill Robinson

Bill Robinson's tenure as Whitworth's 17th president, from 1993 to 2010, is the second-longest and one of the most influential in the university's history. Inspired by Bill's leadership and service, Whitworth students, faculty and staff have joined with alumni, donors and friends to achieve record levels of freshman applications, enrollment and retention at the university, along with $83 million in campus improvements and national recognition in numerous areas.

Bill's influence is also seen in other, less visible ways. The Whitworth Endowment Fund has almost quadrupled during his presidency, primarily through the generous donations of Whitworth's alumni, parents, faculty, staff members and friends. "Endowment funds enable colleges and universities to achieve levels of excellence they couldn't reach with tuition revenues alone," Bill says. "They also relieve pressure on schools to keep growing their enrollments. Schools with the best resources per capita are those with the largest endowment per student, so investing in the Whitworth endowment protects our community -- which is why Bonnie and I have included the endowment fund in our will."

  1993 2010
Nickname among students
Freshman applications
Issues of Mind & Heart written
Size of the Whitworth Endowment
Ages of Brenna, Ben & Bailley
Number of science majors
Size of graduating class
Intercollegiate sports teams
Bill
1,132
5
$22 million
15, 12, 9
209
267
15
B-Rob
6,397
170
$83 million
32, 29, 26
563
480
20

Naming the Whitworth Endowment Fund as a beneficiary in your will is an excellent way to show your support for an education of the mind and heart -- and to make a difference for generations of Whitworthians to come. For more information, please contact The Whitworth Foundation at 800.532.4668 or foundation@whitworth.edu. Or visit our website at www.whitworth.edu/foundation.

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