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Board of Trustees

The Whitworth University Board of Trustees is the governing body of the university. It is made up of a distinguished group of dedicated alumni, pastors and friends of the university and represents a wide variety of backgrounds, expertise and perspectives across multiple spectrums. The board is responsible for the management and direction of the business and affairs of Whitworth, as outlined in the bylaws and articles of incorporation. Responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring the mission is being implemented
  • Establishing strategic goals and objectives
  • Fiduciary responsibility, including approving an annual plan of financial operation  
  • Ultimate responsibility for overseeing academic programming and integrity 
  • Appointing and overseeing the president  

The board officially meets two times per year, with fall and spring meetings. Within the board, working committees and subcommittees oversee vital areas of university governance. The president serves as a voting member of the board.

James S. Bennett, Jr. '89
President/CEO, Luvo Wealth Advisors
Bellevue, Wash.

Mark J. Benson
Retired Vice President of Public Affairs, PotlatchDeltic Corp.
Spokane, Wash.

Charles L. Boppell '65
Retired President & CEO, Worldwide Restaurant Concepts
Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Jeremiah Case '01

Scott C. Chandler '85
Managing Partner, Franklin Court Partners, Inc.
Littleton, Colo.

Rev. Paul Cunningham, D.Min.
Senior Pastor, La Jolla Presbyterian Church
La Jolla, Calif.

Susan L. Diamond
Community Volunteer
Redmond, Wash.

Rev. Scott Dudley, Ph.D.
Senior Pastor, Bellevue Presbyterian Church
Bellevue, Wash.

Andrew Erickson '84
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Dr. David J. Flesher '81
Surgeon, Orthopedic Associates
Oklahoma City, Okla.

Rev. Nancy Trumble Fox, D. Miss
Parish Associate, National Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.
Bethesda, Md.

Gary J. Hopkins '77
President & CEO, George C. Hopkins Construction
Glendale, Calif.

Rev. Kelly Hostetler
Pastor for Congregational Care and Families,
Sammamish Presbyterian Church
Sammamish, Wash.

Josh Hug '00
Co-founder & COO, Remitly, Inc.
Seattle, Wash.

Marcus J. Jackson ’89
EVP Managing Director
Alliant Insurance Services
Spokane, Wash.

Rev. Sheryl L. Kinder-Pyle
Executive Presbyter
Presbytery of the Inland Northwest
Spokane, Wash. 

Brian Kirkpatrick (Chair)
Retired CFO, T-Mobile USA
Bonney Lake, Wash.

Julie L. Levi
San Diego, Calif.

Mark W. Lupton ’99
CEO/President/Wealth Management Advisor
L2 Wealth Management
Spokane, Wash.

Scott A. McQuilkin '84, Ph.D.
Spokane, Wash.

Tim M. Mitrovich ’99
CEO, Ten Capital Wealth Advisors
Spokane, Wash.

Octavio J. Morales
Liberty Lake, Wash.

David G. Myers '64, Ph.D.
John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology, Hope College
Holland, Mich.

David M. Nelson '71, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, Western Washington University
CEO and Founder, Finance & Resource Management Consultants, Inc.
Bellingham, Wash.

Walter M. Oliver '67
Retired Senior VP-HR/Administration, General Dynamics Corp.
Phoenix, Ariz.

Shelly O'Quinn '97
CEO, Innovia Foundation
Spokane, Wash.

Rev. Eric Peterson '85, D.Min.
Senior Pastor, Colbert Presbyterian Church
Colbert, Wash.

L. Denice Randle '07
Executive Director, Peace Community Center

Tacoma, Wash.

Dr. Jennifer V. Ratcliffe '86
Physician & Medical Director, Advanced Fertility Associates Medical Group
Santa Rosa, Calif.

Barbara L. Richter '77
Retired Procter & Gamble Executive
Seattle, Wash.

Andy Robblee '95
President, Six Robblees', Inc.
Seattle, Wash.

Rev. Steve L. Ruetschle
Senior Pastor, Sunset Church 
Portland, Ore. 

Fred Stockton
Retired Entrepreneur
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Jason Thackston '92
Senior Vice President for Energy Resources, Avista Corp.
Spokane, Wash.

Renee A. Williams ’86Burien, Wash.