Poet Council

Inaugurated in fall 2006, the Poet Council is a small, presidential advisory group, formed to tap into fresh and thoughtful perspectives on opportunities and challenges facing Whittier College. Select alumni and others close to the College who have successfully applied their educations to a variety of endeavors are invited by the president to participate. Their main task is to offer their best reasoning, creativity, and thoughtful commentary.

The Council meets on campus twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring. Appointments to the Poet Council are for two years. During the gatherings, Councilors meet with the president, relevant senior administrators, and others for a discussion and brainstorming session on a single topic of strategic significance to the College. Past topics have included Image and Identity, Alumni Relations, and Strategic Enrollment.

As a presidential initiative, the Poet Council receives administrative support from the Executive Assistant to the President.


Kristin Wiberg
Executive Assistant to the President

Poets Council Roster

Marilyn Anderson (2016)
Atherton, CA

Steven L. Brandon '79 (2016)
Chief Executive Officer
Honda Federal Credit Union
Redondo Beach, CA

Erin Clancy '07 (2016)
Foreign Service Officer
U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC

Karin Strasser-Kaufman '63 (2016)
Monterey County Supervisor (retired)
Carmel Valley, CA

Kevin Cosens P'15 (2015)
RF Surgical Systems, Inc. 
Bellevue, WA

Gerald Forster '87 (2015)
Vice President of IT
Evolution Hospitality
San Clemente, CA

Bradley "Brad" Gilchrist '07 (2015)
Managing Partner
Gilchrist Investments
Great Falls, VA

Geoffrey Gamble Kerr (2015)
Vice President and Chief of Staff to the CMO
Palo Alto, CA

Austin E. Major "'84 (2015)
General Manager
Parker PGI
Houston, TX

John McCarthy '77 (2015)
Physician - Infectious Diseases
Whittier, CA

Mary (Morgan) McCarthy '77 (2015)
Whittier, CA

Nancy Pratt P'16 (2016)
Manhattan Beach, CA

Stephen Penn '85 (2015)
Managing Director
Mercer Island, WA

Jeffrey L. Reeves '88 (2016)
Senior Vice President
Business Controls Manager
Bank of America
Prosper, TX

Christopher Somogyi P'65 (2015)
Etaphase, Inc.
Seattle, WA

Catherine "Cathy" (Pearce) Standiford '81 (2015)
Management Partners, Inc.
Costa Mesa, CA

Kathy Weston '83 (2016)
Computer Analyst
Towson, MD