WALLA WALLA -- Whitman College's Board of Trustees have elected alumni Ryan C. Crocker of Texas and Andrew U. Ferrari of Virginia to serve as new trustees.
The decision was made during the board's spring meeting held on the Whitman campus last week. Besides being Whitman graduates, Crocker and Ferrari have also served on the college's Board of Overseers. Crocker is a 1971 grad, earning an English degree, and Ferrari finished his studies in economics in 1968.
Crocker retired last year from the U.S. Foreign Service after a 38-year career. He was ambassador to Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon. Before retiring, Crocker worked with the Obama administration to help shape its Iraq policy. Crocker is currently dean and executive professor at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.
In 1996, Andy Ferrari cofounded Trex, now the country's largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking products. He recently retired as its chairman. Before that, Ferrari held positions at Mobil Chemical Co., and was the new business manager and marketing director of the Consumer Products Division.
As a Whitman student, Ferrari was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and a member of the varsity golf team. After graduating, Ferrari earned an MBA from Columbia University. He later served in the Peace Corps in Libya.
As Crocker and Ferrari join the board, James K. Hayner and David W. Wyckoff step down. The men were unanimously elected to the status of trustee emeritus in recognition of their service.
Hayner steps off the board as its longest-serving trustee; he joined the board in 1985 and served as chair from 2002 to 2004. Hayner graduated from Washington State University in 1972, then earned his law degree from Stanford University.
As a Whitman trustee, Hayner served on several key committees, including Academic Affairs, Investment, Farm and the Executive Committee. He also participated in the Career Consultant Network and assisted with Whitman's acquisition of the athletic fields north of campus.
Dave Wyckoff graduated from Whitman in 1967 with a degree in political science. He was elected a trustee in 1998 following service on the college's Board of Overseers between 1985 and 1998. He earned a law degree from Duke University and an advanced law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
As a trustee, Wyckoff served as chair of the Farm Committee from 2007 and will continue to chair that committee as a trustee emeritus. He also was a member of the Academic Affairs, Buildings and Grounds, Campaign and Executive committees.