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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 invitation. Either it was or wasn’t justified on the merits on Selection Sunday, not by what’s happened since.

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 invitation.

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 mission and family. Taylor, of Whitworth University, and McCulloh, of Gonzaga University, will both be inaugurated in the coming weeks. The ceremony at Whitworth will take place Friday, while Gonzaga’s inauguration will be Oct. 22.

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 good about their decisions to retire. Livingston, 62, plans to travel with his wife, Amanda, and remain active on several Inland Northwest boards. Robinson, 60, plans to do consulting work, write another book and stay on some boards, including the Princeton Seminary board. Both men will remain in Spokane.

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,” he said.

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 Inland Northwest. Here’s what some of those leaders said:

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 Kansas, and his doctoral degree in administration from Kansas State University.

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 at Samford University, was the unanimous choice of the presidential search committee, said Greg Orwig, communications director for Whitworth University.

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 Colleges of Spokane Chancellor Gary Livingston now have both announced they will step down at the end of the academic year.

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 to figure out their next move.

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 student on campus and greeted him by name. The student was impressed, but Robinson is well-known for making all feel welcome at Whitworth.

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, said Rich Hadley, of Greater Spokane Incorporated.

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 interview in The Spokesman-Review’s “Wise Words in Troubled Times” series. Here’s the complete transcript of that interview.

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 demonstrated egregious behavior. Overwhelmed by the crisis, they hid in their offices or left town, or awarded themselves fat bonuses before laying people off via e-mail.

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 ski-masked bandits attacking him in his home last Christmas.

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 of ski-masked bandits attacking him in his home last Christmas. “We were really thoroughly violated,” Robinson said. “We were lucky we weren’t killed.”