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  • John Blanchette: Steve Alford’s long route to success

    HOUSTON – Intense remedial tutoring has finally swayed a few knee-jerk logicians into grudging acceptance that UCLA’s unexpected run to the Sweet 16 does not validate the Bruins’ much lampooned …


  • John Blanchette: Steve Alford’s long route to success

    HOUSTON – Intense remedial tutoring has finally swayed a few knee-jerk logicians into grudging acceptance that UCLA’s unexpected run to the Sweet 16 does not validate the Bruins’ much lampooned …


  • Shawn Vestal: Frivolity lurks inside Doomsday Hill’s menacing vulture

    Bill Robinson is training for his 27th Bloomsday. Doing a little running on the treadmill. Working on his core. Fixing the crack in his beak …


  • First baby boomers set to turn 65 in January

    The first baby boomers will turn 65 on Saturday. Every day, for the next 19 years, about 10,000 boomers “will cross that threshold,” as the Pew Research Center puts it.


  • Leaders embrace roles at faith-based universities

    Thayne McCulloh and Beck Taylor may be separated by denomination, but the new leaders of Spokane’s two dominant private universities share more similarities than differences in matters of leadership, educational …


  • Retiring college leaders share the wisdom of their years

    Bill Robinson, president of Whitworth University, and Gary Livingston, chancellor of the Community Colleges of Spokane, will hand out college diplomas for the last time this graduation season. Both feel …


  • About Bill Robinson

    President of Whitworth University since 1993. Highlight: “When the regional accrediting association issued its report (last year), they said we have a culture on campus characterized by grace and truth,” …


  • About Gary Livingston

    Chancellor of Community Colleges of Spokane since 2002. Received his associate’s degree from Dodge City Community College in Kansas, his bachelor’s degree in special education/psychology from Emporia State University in …


  • They said it

    Community leaders agree that the people who take over for Bill Robinson and Gary Livingston will have huge shoes to fill, because the men left their strong footprints throughout the …


  • Whitworth trustees to vote on president

    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 …


  • Whitworth board deciding Friday on new president

    The Whitworth University Board of Trustees will decide Friday whether to name a Birmingham, Ala., economist as its new president.


  • Editorial: Visionaries helped shape University District

    The Rev. Robert Spitzer’s retirement as president of Gonzaga University over the summer turns out to have been the beginning of a trend. Whitworth University President Bill Robinson and Community …


  • Doug Clark: Whitworth’s new leader ready, waiting

    What a shocker in Wednesday’s paper: Bill Robinson announced that this will be his last school year as president of Whitworth University. Anxious university board members are no doubt trying …


  • Whitworth president plans to step down

    A student introduced himself to Whitworth University president Bill Robinson on Monday. Tuesday morning, before Robinson’s surprising announcement that this school year will be his last, Robinson ran into the …


  • Robinson “set a high bar” for leadership at Whitworth

    Community leaders react to the news that Bill Robinson, long-time president of Whitworth University, will leave at the end of this school year. Robinson “set a high bar” for leadership, …


  • Pathway to leadership

    Last September and October, shocking economic news shattered almost every morning’s calm: bank failures, mortgage and insurance company failures, stock-market dives, layoffs and escalating unemployment. Workplace leaders throughout the country …


  • Wise Words with Bill Robinson

    During the economic meltdown last fall, Bill Robinson, president of Whitworth University, consistently imparted a message of hope, not panic, for Whitworth faculty, staff and students. Robinson was the fourth …


  • Attack victim still waits for justice

    Bill Robinson awakens to the smallest noise in the night. A baseball bat at his bedside gives him some sense of security, but it fails to erase the memory of …


  • Police adjust to precedent on questioning suspects

    Bill Robinson awakens to the smallest noise in the night. A baseball bat at his bedside gives him a tiny sense of security, but it fails to erase the memory …

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