Whittier College News Release

Whittier College
Office of Public Relations
13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA  90608-0634 

Dec. 5, 2003                                                 

Reference: 2003/04: 37                                                 

: Bedford McIntosh at (562) 907-4213

Whittier President Accepts Presidency of Pennsylvania’s Gettysburg College  

Katherine Haley Will, president of Whittier College since July of 1999, has accepted the presidency of Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Penn.  She will stay at Whittier until the completion of this academic year, according to Rick Gilchrist, Chairman of the Whittier Board of Trustees.

         “While we congratulate Gettysburg College on finding its next president, we at Whittier accept this news with sadness,” Gilchrist said.  “At the same time, the trustees recognize that Kate’s presidency has been distinguished by significant progress.  A strong foundation has been built for the next president, and the college community should feel confident in our ability to continue moving forward under new leadership in the future.”

In an announcement to the campus on Friday, Dec. 5, Gilchrist noted Will’s many accomplishments, including the completion of Whittier’s $70 million capital campaign Endowing the Tradition, creation of the college’s 10-year strategic plan, and steering the college through its reaffirmation of accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Will’s most recent accomplishment was the successful completion of the $15.3 million renovation and expansion of the Bonnie Bell Wardman Library.  The new building, The Rose Hills Foundation Center for Library and Information Resources, is almost double the size of the old library and now includes both the library and the college’s Information Technology Services center. 

           Gilchrist said the trustees the Board of Trustees would begin a national search for Whittier’s next president immediately.  The search committee will include representatives from the entire Whittier College community, he said.  “We intend to be thoughtful, deliberate and inclusive in selecting our next president. 

          “The work of the college will go on, and the board is pleased Kate will serve Whittier through the completion of this academic year.  Kate and the college administration have set high goals for us, and we are all determined that this transition period will not witness any loss in momentum,” Gilchrist continued.  “While change is sometimes challenging, it can also provide new opportunities and an impetus to greater accomplishment.  Our commitment must be to celebrate the achievements of Kate and her administration, and use them as a platform for even greater success in the future.”

           Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts.  Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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