Whittier College News Release

For Immediate Release - May 2, 2000
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Whittier College Names Huntington Library President as Commencement Speaker

Robert A. Skotheim, president of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, will be the featured speaker during commencement ceremonies at Whittier College on Friday, May 26.

Skotheim has been with the library since 1988, serving as director for two years before being named to his current position in 1990. Prior to joining the Huntington, he was president of Whitman College from 1975-88 and provost and dean of faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges from 1972-75. He earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in history at the University of Washington, and taught in the history departments at the University of Washington, Wayne State University, UCLA and the University of Colorado.

Skotheim is the author of several books and his articles have appeared in The Journal of American History, Journal of Thought, Pacific Historical Review and The Journal of the History of Ideas, among others. He is a member of the American Antiquarian Society and is on the board of several educational institutions. He received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences of the University of Washington in 1990. Skotheim will be presented with an honorary degree from Whittier College during commencement.

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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