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Each spring, Whitworth bids adieu to retirees who've made the university what it is. Their absence is always felt and mourned, but they would be the first to tell you that the university is blessed with a strong mission and an excellent reputation that attracts new faculty and staff who keep Whitworth vibrant and strong and moving in the direction that George Whitworth set for his namesake institution more than 127 years ago.

Whitworth said farewell to 33 retirees (listed below, with years of service following each name) in 2016-17. Just add up the number of institutional years put in by these dedicated folks. Take Vic Bobb, a devoted English professor and a prolific writer, who has probably written the equivalent of several War and Peace-length novels during his tenure here. And Dayna Coleman Jones, who has been leading students and making lifelong friends for 30 years. And Warren Friedrichs, who led Whitworth's men's basketball team to the 1996 NAIA national championship game, then went on to a second act as coach to a gaggle of great golfers. Just these three retirees represent 91 years of institutional history. They, and all their fellow retirees, will be missed.

  • Mitch Arnold | 20
  • Floor-Care Specialist
  • Facilities Services
  • Kathryn Ayers | 35
  • Assistant to the Dean
  • School of Education
  • Katherine Benson | 12
  • Assistant Director
  • School of Continuing Studies
  • E. Victor Bobb | 31
  • Professor of English
  • Ted Bouten | 37
  • Custodian I
  • Facilities Services
  • Su Chism | 26
  • Graphic Designer
  • University Communications
  • Warren Friedrichs | 32
  • Coach/Professor
  • Kinesiology & Athletics
  • June Hanson | 27
  • Assistant Director
  • Institutional Advancement
  • Gordon Jacobson | 28
  • Director of Career Services
  • Dayna Coleman Jones | 31
  • Assistant Dean/Director
  • Student Life
  • Beverly Kleeman | 12
  • Registrar
  • Registrar’s Office
  • Joan Lack | 19
  • Performing Arts Tour Specialist
  • Music
  • Margie Ness LaShaw | 29
  • Associate Professor
  • School of Business
  • Tom Mackay | 20
  • Security Officer
  • Facilities Services
  • Jim McPherson | 17
  • Professor of Communication Studies
  • Terry Rayburn Mitchell | 34
  • Senior Editor
  • University Communications
  • Steven Obert | 17
  • Assistant Supervisor
  • Facilities Services
  • John Olson | 17
  • Crew Leader II
  • Facilities Services
  • Pam Oswalt | 19
  • Counselor
  • Health & Counseling Center
  • Dick Pettis | 23
  • Manager of Facilities Services
  • Donna Pierce | 16
  • Professor of Math & Computer Science
  • Finn Pond | 28
  • Professor of Biology
  • Tami Robinson | 18
  • Associate Professor
  • Library
  • Barbara Sanders | 21
  • Professor & Dean
  • School of Education
  • Joanna Scott | 27
  • Supervisor II
  • Student Accounting Services
  • Rick Scott | 19
  • Director
  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Walt Seidel | 21
  • Network Manager
  • Information Systems
  • Amal Tanas | 29
  • Faculty Support Coordinator School of Continuing Studies
  • Raja Tanas | 34
  • Professor of Sociology
  • Ann Teberg | 15
  • Associate Professor
  • School of Education
  • Diana Trotter | 23
  • Professor of Theatre
  • Carolyn Williams | 27
  • Systems Analyst
  • Information Systems
  • Linda Yochum | 32
  • Administrative Secretary Student Life

To read short bios written by this year's retirees, click here