Whittier College President Honored by Los Angeles Sparks

August 20, 2009

The Los Angeles Sparks women's basketball team honored Whittier College President Sharon Herzberger during its annual Inspiring Women Night on Wednesday, as the Sparks took on the Washington Mystics in the Staples Center.

Four inspirational women that have made an indelible mark in their field and community from four different industries were selected to receive the awards. The first- ever Lisa Leslie Inspiring Women Awards were presented at halftime on the court to the following phenomenal women:

Sharon Herzberger, President of Whittier College — Education Recipient
Nikki Caldwell, UCLA Women's Head Basketball Coach — Sports Recipient
Karen Earl, Executive Director of the Jenesse Center — Non-Profit Recipient
Faye McClure, Vice President of Strategic Marketing for Farmers Insurance — Business Recipient

Lisa Leslie has inspired generations of athletes as a three-time WNBA MVP, two-time WNBA Champion, four-time Olympic Gold Medalist and member of the WNBA All-Decade Team. Her slam dunk, the first in WNBA history, was voted the "Greatest Moment" in the league's first decade.

The awards were presented by Sparks's co-owners Kathy Goodman and Carla Christofferson, who as successful businesswomen, are trailblazers in their own right. Goodman and Christofferson represent a limited number of women who own professional sports teams.

Sharon D. Herzberger became Whittier College's 14th president on July 1, 2005. Since then, she has led successful initiatives to identify, affirm, and articulate the values and aspirations of Whittier College; focus on student success both within and beyond the campus environs; improve and enhance the physical plant; invigorate Poet athletics and other student life programs; and deepen and broaden connections to the City of Whittier and the greater Los Angeles area. Herzberger's career in academe spans more than 30 years and is marked by a variety of successive leadership roles and professional achievement, affording her experience in virtually every aspect of campus life and administration. In addition to numerous research articles, Herzberger has co-authored two books: Affirmative Action: The Pros and Cons of Policy and Practice and Violence within the Family: Social Psychological Perspectives. She holds a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois.