Why Whitworth

 Pursuing a calling and not just a career

Our graduates are the most important expression of Whitworth's mission. So we're proud of the university's record of preparing alumni for top graduate schools and successful careers. And our alums tell us they're especially grateful for Whitworth's emphasis on equipping them to connect their deepest convictions to their work and to other major life decisions.

Whitworth graduates seek to change the world, not just their own place in it. They embody values our culture often dismisses as being mutually exclusive: curiosity and conviction, grace and truth, and responsibility and empathy. Our alumni are all over the map -- in the best possible ways:

  • Taryn Clark, '09 (chemistry), is a fourth-year medical student at Weill Cornell Medical College at Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y., where she is focusing on emergency medicine, global health and disaster relief. Taryn co-founded the Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights, a clinic that assists survivors of torture who are seeking asylum in the U.S.

  • Keith Bisaillon, '09 (music and arts administration), is the band director and fine-arts department chair at Harrison High School, in Colorado Springs. In 2013 he earned a master's degree in educational leadership and administration, and a principal license from the University of Colorado.

  • Emily Campbell, '11 (biology), is a biologist at McCormick Biological in Bakersfield, Calif., where she consults with oil and gas companies on the most environmentally conscious way to carry out their projects.

  • James Spung, '09 (political science and journalism), earned his J.D. in 2012 from Emory Law School and is a judicial clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals in Mobile, Ala.