Thomas Witherspoon – Whitman College Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Whitman University’s Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Charles Witherspoon will serve as an advocate in creating an inclusive learning community. Additionally, he will join President David Klingler’s cabinet and work collaboratively with students, faculty and staff members on ways to make Whitman more welcoming for all.
Rush and other leaders persisted until Witherspoon agreed in 1768.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Witherspoon serves as Chief Diversity Officer of the University of Tampa (UT). Witherspoon brings over two decades of higher education experience from Denison University where he was Associate Dean and Director of Multicultural Student Support.
As a religious conservative and champion of practical public piety, Witherspoon adhered to Calvinism, an austere form of Christianity which sees humans as sinful creatures redeemed through grace alone.
Witherspoon may have caused controversy for his dehumanizing remarks at the Continental Congress; however, his actions postwar suggest an alternative view of slaves. He invested in their religious education such as Jamie Montgomery, John Quamine and Bristol Yamma as well as showing fiscal intelligence as a member of Congress by writing against adulterating money supplies and advocating free market policies.
Thomas Witherspoon is an enthusiastic Posse Foundation alumni dedicated to serving under-resourced communities. Most recently he took on the position of vice president for diversity and inclusion at Whitman College; Witherspoon earned both his undergraduate degree at Denison University and master’s at Northeastern Illinois University; he will move from Denison to Walla Walla this summer to take up this responsibility.
He taught English and rhetoric to students, believing the Christian liberal arts would help guide them toward virtue. Additionally, he helped unify different Church of Scotland groups into one Presbyterian Church of the United States.
The Witherspoon Institute firmly embraces the belief that cultural reform begins with individual’s intellectual and moral formation. Their programs encourage the rigorous study of classical intellectual traditions, constructive engagement with contemporary cultural issues, and genuine friendship across differences.
Achievement and Honors
He had numerous interests and held multiple roles in public life, such as pastor of several churches. Additionally, he served on committees such as correspondence and peace boards of Congress, helping draft the Articles of Confederation among other important documents.
As president of the College of New Jersey for six years, Witherspoon implemented radical curriculum revisions. He modelled its university structure after that found in Edinburgh and other Scottish universities while adding thousands of books as well as scientific equipment like Rittenhouse orreries and terrestrial globes to strengthen library collections and strengthen libraries overall.
Witherspoon has won many accolades and awards for her acting, including an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of June Carter in 2005’s Walk the Line about country singer Johnny Cash. Additionally, she has starred in romantic comedies as well as Depression-era drama Water for Elephants.
Thomas Witherspoon was an enthusiastic fossil hunter. He would frequently take students of East China School District on excursions for fossil hunting trips in Arkona, Ontario. Additionally, he taught English within this school system for 30 years.
Witherspoon was one of the first-generation college graduates, receiving a Posse Scholarship to attend Denison University where he earned an undergraduate degree in English literature. Since then he has held leadership roles for diversity and inclusion initiatives at higher education institutions.
He has written multiple books, such as Myrtle Fillmore: Mother of Unity and has provided spiritual services in Florida and California. Additionally, he contributed articles for Unity Magazine while remaining an active member at Yellow Creek Baptist Church where he held positions such as moderator, deacon chair chairperson and Sunday School Superintendent.
Witherspoon is an esteemed actress renowned for commanding large salaries. She currently earns approximately $1.2 Million per episode of the Morning Show and has become extremely wealthy due to several movies she has been featured in.
She founded Hello Sunshine back in 2016 with the intent of telling women-driven stories and altering how women are depicted in media, such as Big Little Lies, Little Fires Everywhere and The Morning Show. Since then Hello Sunshine has produced successful series such as these.
Her net worth currently stands at an estimated $400 Million and it’s expected to continue increasing with each movie she produces. She is considered one of the highest paid actresses worldwide and earned even more when she sold her production company to Blackstone Group in 2021.