Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 18, 2002

Whitworth Celebrates Success of Faith in the Future Campaign

A rugged faith in the value of education inspired George F. Whitworth to found Whitworth College in 1890 to offer students "an education of mind and heart." Unwavering faith in that vision carried the college through a difficult startup, the economic hardships of the Depression and World War II years and turbulent social changes of more recent decades. And confident faith in the promise of delivering a Whitworth education to new generations of students motivated thousands of supporters to invest in the college's recently completed Faith in the Future Campaign.

In the largest and most successful campaign in Whitworth's history, donors made gifts and pledges totaling $60,381,846. The total exceeds by more than $10 million the $50 million goal for the campaign. The college will celebrate the campaign's success at a banquet for major donors Friday evening at the Davenport Hotel and at a community-wide event and lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Hixson Union Building on campus. Cost for the Saturday lunch is $6.

"Whitworth's ability to carry out its distinctive mission is stronger than ever thanks to the generous supporters of the Faith in the Future Campaign," says Whitworth President Bill Robinson. "While our mission of providing an education of mind and heart remains constant, the means of delivering that education is evolving and requires ongoing investments in facilities, technology, faculty development and scholarships. Contributors to the Faith in the Future Campaign have secured a Whitworth education for future generations of students who, like their predecessors, will make a positive difference in the world."

Steady annual unrestricted giving during the campaign has supported eight consecutive years of record-high enrollments, retention rates and graduation rates, contributing to Whitworth's top-five ranking in the 2003 U.S. News & World Report college guide. Sponsored research funding for Whitworth faculty and students has increased significantly as the college's academic profile has risen. And two major grants are supporting new programs designed to help students build stronger connections between their worldview convictions and their choice of vocation and other major life decisions.

Whitworth's endowment more than doubled during the campaign, including $14 million in contributions for endowed scholarships and nearly $600,000 toward endowed chairs in music and religion and faculty development. In addition, $4 million in gifts and grants were given to the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning. Named for late benefactor and longtime trustee C. Davis Weyerhaeuser, the center promotes the integration of faith and learning through research and scholarship, training programs for students, faculty, clergy and laity, and support for study and development of an archive relating to religion in the Pacific Northwest.

The Faith in the Future Campaign also supported significant capital improvements on campus. Gifts funded the complete renovation of the Eric Johnston Science Center and Cowles Memorial Auditorium as well as completion of the Hixson Union Building, Boppell Residence Hall, and the Scotford Fitness center. Nearly $500,000 in technology investments equipped every major classroom on campus with networked, multimedia teaching stations. In addition, $5.7 million was contributed for construction of a landmark new academic building, Weyerhaeuser Hall, on the northeast end of the campus loop. Site preparation is under way as efforts continue to raise the remaining $1.4 million needed to break ground on this much needed facility.

Whitworth alumni leaders Harvey Bolton, former owner and president of Spokane Surgical Supply, and John P. Scotford, an Ohio business leader, co-chaired the campaign. Under their leadership, campaign gifts were made by each of Whitworth's 40 trustees and by 50 percent of the college's 13,000 addressable alumni.

"The theme for our Faith in the Future Campaign celebration is 'Faith Realized,' which says a lot about the vision and faithfulness of Whitworth's leaders and benefactors over the years," says Charles L. Boppell, chairman of Whitworth's board of trustees and a major campaign contributor. "Much has been accomplished during this campaign to strengthen Whitworth's mission and to ensure an even brighter future."

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Bill Robinson, president, (509) 777-4665 or wrobinson@whitworth.edu.

Stacey Kamm Smith, campaign director, (509) 777-4388 or skammsmith@whitworth.edu.

Greg Orwig, director of communications, (509) 777-4580 or gorwig@whitworth.edu.

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