April 16, 2010 in City

Whitworth trustees to vote on president

Candidate is business dean at Samford University
By The Spokesman-Review
Photo by Robert Farley photo

Beck A. Taylor is an economist and dean at Samford University who is being considered for president of Whitworth University. The board of trustees votes today. Photo by Robert Farley
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Science hall named for president, wife

 Whitworth University will name the new biology and chemistry building, now under construction, in honor of outgoing president Bill Robinson and his wife, Bonnie, the board of trustees announced on Thursday.

 When completed, the 63,000-square-foot, $32 million William P. and Bonnie V. Robinson Science Hall will be the largest, most expensive building on the Whitworth campus.

 Robinson became Whitworth’s 17th president in 1993 and will be the second-longest-serving president in the university’s history when he steps down June 30.

The Whitworth University board of trustees will decide whether to name a Birmingham, Ala., economist as its new president today.

Beck A. Taylor, dean of the Brock School of Business at Samford University, was the unanimous choice of the presidential search committee, said Greg Orwig, communications director for Whitworth University.

He would replace Bill Robinson, who announced last fall that this would be his last academic year at Whitworth after 17 years as president of the private liberal arts college.

Taylor received master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., after earning an undergraduate degree from Baylor University.

He came to Samford in 2005 from the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor, where he served as associate dean.

While he was at Samford, a $100 million endowment was launched at the Brock School of Business, which was recognized this year as the nation’s top emerging program by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Taylor has worked as a business consultant for dozens of organizations, including Finance and Resource Management Consultants of Bellingham.

He and his wife, Julie, have three children.

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