Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

May 1, 2006

Whitworth President Bill Robinson to Speak at 116th Commencement May 14

Whitworth President Bill Robinson is known for seeking connection with students. He joins students for lunch and conversation in the dining hall, cheers them on at sporting events, and invites them to his home for late-night study breaks and refreshments. The Class of 2006 expressed its appreciation for Robinson's student-focused leadership by asking him to address the graduates at Whitworth's 116th undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Robinson will give his address, "The Fools against the Giants," during the ceremony, which will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, at the Spokane Arena. A record 470 undergraduates are expected to participate in the ceremony.

Whitworth Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty Michael Le Roy, '89, will speak at the college's graduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, at 10 a.m. in Whitworth's Cowles Memorial Auditorium. Le Roy will deliver his address, "The Right Side of the Boat," to an audience including 88 graduates receiving master's degrees in education, teaching and international management.

Professor of Political Studies Julia Stronks and Professor of Communication Studies Ron Pyle, voted Most Influential Professors by the senior class, will take part in the baccalaureate service on Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Whitworth Fieldhouse. Stronks will offer the homily and Pyle will deliver the charge to seniors.

Robinson is in his 13th year as president of Whitworth and has helped lead the college to record levels of student enrollment and retention, financial strength and external visibility. He assumed his duties as the 17th president of Whitworth College in July 1993. He came to Whitworth from Manchester College, in Indiana, where he served as president from 1986-1993.

Since arriving at Whitworth, Robinson has focused on expanding the college's financial resource base, overseeing capital projects, improving communication and organizational structure on campus, and opening up new lines of communication with students, alumni, friends and other constituencies of the college.

A communications scholar who has distinguished himself as a teacher, speaker and community leader, Robinson received his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa, his master's degree from Wheaton College, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He also studied at Princeton Theological Seminary and Moody Bible Institute. Most of Robinson's scholarly work has focused on organizational, cross-cultural and interpersonal communication.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Beverly Kleeman, registrar, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4548 or bkleeman@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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