Interim President Scott McQuilkin Named as Whitworth’s Next President

President-Elect Scott McQuilkin, Credit Whitworth University

By: Nicole Harris, Opinions Editor

Jan. 27 Whitworth University officially announced Scott McQuilkin, Ph.D. as its 19th president.  

McQuilkin has served as the university’s interim president since June 10, 2021, planning only to serve until his replacement was found after the presidential search. 

This long-awaited announcement comes after Beck Taylor’s departure from the university to his new position at Samford University in Alabama last spring, which was announced Mar. 10, 2021.  

According to the university’s official announcement, McQuilkin was not a formal candidate for the position but was chosen after the search did not lead to a presidential appointment.  

McQuilkin’s qualifications include an undergraduate degree from Whitworth, a master’s degree in education, also from Whitworth, and a Ph.D. in exercise and sport science from The Pennsylvania State University. According to Whitworth Board of Trustees Chair Brian Kirkpatrick, McQuilkin has dedicated his career to Whitworth University and its mission. 

McQuilkin will be officially introduced as Whitworth University’s 19th president on Friday Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. PST, in Cowles Auditorium. In-person attendance is limited to Whitworth students and employees. Those attending in person will be required to follow state guidelines and wear masks. Members of the community are invited to livestream the event here.  

Over the next few weeks, The Whitworthian will be posting additional follow-up articles with further information. 

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