One of the first buildings you'll notice when you visit the Whitworth campus is Hawthorne House, located on the corner of Hawthorne Rd. and Whitworth Dr. This is where President Beck A. Taylor lives with his wife Julie and their three children, Zach, Lauren, and Chloe. President Taylor recently gave the university communications department the opportunity to shadow him for a day with our cameras in an effort to show the Whitworth community what a typical day looks like for him and the people he works with.
5:30–7:30 a.m. President Taylor's day typically begins in his study at home, where he takes the opportunity to get a head start on e-mail, look over documents, and make a few phone calls before breakfast.
The president takes a timeout to spend a few minutes with his son Zach, daughter Chloe, and his wife Julie before the kids head off to school. Not pictured is his oldest daughter, Lauren. Apparently not everyone makes it to breakfast on a busy day in the Taylor home.
8 a.m. Arriving in style! The Beckmobile is the president's preferred mode of transportation around campus when time is an issue.
8:30 a.m. President Taylor spends a few more minutes in his McEachran Hall office reviewing the day ahead and preparing for meetings. In this photo he is signing the latest batch of letters of admission to high school seniors. The president signs each letter to give that personal Whitworth touch.
9 a.m. President Taylor meets with his staff who update him on other campus events and issues that require his attention.
10 a.m. President Taylor meets with VP of Finance and Administration Brian Benzel.
Taylor and Benzel meet regularly to discuss business affairs of the university, which include new improvements on campus. Here, they discuss a solar panel array that was installed on the aquatics center, providing enough energy to power an entire residence hall on campus.
11 a.m. President Taylor heads to a chapel service with his Chief of Staff Rhosetta Rhodes. Rhodes is never too far from the president as he hurries from one commitment to another.
President Taylor worships with the Whitworth community during chapel. Chief of Staff Rhosetta Rhodes (left) and Dean of Spiritual Life Terry McGonigal (right) stand with the president.
After the service, President Taylor chats with Chrissy Roach, editor-in-chief of the award-winning student newspaper, The Whitworthian. Taylor regularly works with the paper's staff to help foster communication between his administration and the student body.
Noon. President Taylor heads into the HUB dining hall and shares a laugh with two students on his way to his seat.
On a small campus like Whitworth, faculty and students interact regularly with each other, so it's no surprise to see President Taylor enjoying lunch in the HUB, sharing a conversation with a group of students.
1:30 p.m. President Taylor meets with Interim Provost Barbara Sanders to discuss current and future tenure processes for Whitworth's faculty.
3 p.m. President Taylor addresses the Whitworth Business Advisory Board in Weyerhaeuser Hall. Students from the School of Global Commerce & Management sit in, listening to Taylor's talk and board discussions on the school's enrollment, finances, and other business-related matters of the university.
5:15 p.m. After the meeting, President Taylor mingles with board members and business students during a reception. The reception provides another opportunity for students to interact with the president and board members, many of whom are local business professionals.
6:30 p.m. President Taylor attends a lecture given by Itron's former President and CEO LeRoy Nosbaum. Taylor always make an effort to sit among students at such events.
8 p.m. President Taylor keeps a watchful eye out for important messages from staff and faculty no matter where he is on campus.
Here, Taylor quickly replies to an e-mail before a student trumpet recital by seniors David Richmond and Cory Thompson.
9 p.m. As the recital concludes, President Taylor shares in the applause before heading home to wrap up his day. After some family time, he will say goodnight to Julie and the kids and handle handfuls of e-mail and other correspondence he received during the day.
Thanks for letting us share one day from your busy schedule, President Taylor, and thanks for all you do at Whitworth!