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18th Presidential Inauguration

‌Whitworth University celebrated the inauguration of Beck A. Taylor as its 18th president on Oct. 15, 2010. In a week-long series of events, culminating in President Taylor's inaugural address, the university community explored what it has meant, and continues to mean, for Whitworth to be a "Community of Courage." The inauguration week events challenged faculty, staff, students and the larger university community to engage society's most important issues with the intellectual rigor and love of Christ for which Whitworth has always been known.

Inauguration Week Highlights

Monday, Oct. 11: Community Panel
Ted McGregor, publisher of The Inlander, moderated a panel discussion on what it would take for Spokane to be a community of courage. Panelists included civil rights attorney Breean Beggs, Cowles Company Chair Betsy Cowles, Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, Bethel AME Senior Pastor Lonnie Mitchell, and Whitworth Political Science Professor Julia Stronks.
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Tuesday, Oct. 12: Chris Jordan Presentation
Chris Jordan presented a lecture, "Art Reflecting Consumerism." Jordan is a Seattle-based photographer who is best known for his large-scale works depicting mass consumption and waste. His artwork, at once beautiful and disturbing, challenges people to consider the impact of our culture of consumerism.

Wednesday, Oct. 13: Eleanor Clift Lecture
Just weeks before the midterm elections, Newsweek Contributing Editor Eleanor Clift wove current political events into the inaugural "Community of Courage" theme in her lecture, "A View from Washington: A House Hopelessly Divided?"
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Thursday, Oct. 14: Bruner-Welch Lecture
Renowned Whitworth theologian Jim Edwards, who holds the Bruner-Welch Chair in Theology, presented a lecture, "Potentates, Priests, and a Pariah: Reflections on Luke 3:1-2 about Divine Revelation in Human History."
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Friday, Oct. 15: Inauguration Ceremony
The Whitworth community assembled for the inauguration of the university's 18th president.
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  • Prayer of Invocation
    Karen Peterson Finch, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Theology
  • Greetings
    • Board of Trustees
      The Rev. James M. Singleton, Ph.D.
      Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Colorado Springs
    • Academic Community
      Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil.
      President, Gonzaga University
    • Spokane Community
      The Honorable Mary Verner
      Mayor, City of Spokane
    • Church
      The Rev. Eric Peterson, '85
      Pastor, Colbert Presbyterian Church
    • Faculty
      Richard Strauch, D.M.A.
      Professor of Music and President of the Faculty
    • Staff
      Dolores Humiston
      Director of Human Resource Services
    • Students
      Josh Boyden, '11
      President, Associated Students of Whitworth University, 2010-11
    • Alumni
      Anne McCulloch Storm, '74
    • Poetry Reading
      Laurie Lamon, '78, Ph.D.
      Professor of English
  • Investiture
    • Charge
      William P. Robinson, Ph.D.
      President Emeritus, Whitworth University
    • Prayer of Dedication
      Philip Eaton, '65, Ph.D.
      President, Seattle Pacific University
  • Introduction of the Speaker
    Andrew Westmoreland, Ed.D.
    President, Samford University
  • Inaugural Address
    Beck A. Taylor, Ph.D.
    President, Whitworth University
  • Benediction
    The Rev. Terry McGonigal, Ph.D.
    Dean of Spiritual Life

Friday, Oct. 15: Presidential Inaugural Reception & Dinner
The Whitworth community celebrated the inauguration of the university's 18th president in a reception and dinner at the Spokane Convention Center.
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