George Bridges: Evergreen’s Next President

On March 16, Evergreen’s board of trustees selected George Bridges, Ph.D., as the college’s next president.

George Bridges

George Bridges with his spouse, Dr. Kari Tupper, at the welcome reception held at Evergreen’s Longhouse. Photo by Kari J. Stuckey.

Bridges has been the president of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, for the past decade. Prior to leading Whitman College, Bridges served as dean and vice provost of undergraduate education at the University of Washington. He holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D., Sociology, and M.A., Criminology) and from the University of Washington (B.A., Sociology).

“George Bridges is an exceptional leader with deep experience at public and private institutions, large and small,” said Keith Kessler, chair of Evergreen’s board of trustees. “It was clear from our interviews and campus forums, and from speaking with his professional colleagues, that George will be a strong and effective advocate for Evergreen and its bold approach to interdisciplinary teaching and learning. We’re extremely pleased to have him as our next president.”

The Evergreen community welcomed Bridges and his spouse, Dr. Kari Tupper, with an informal reception at the Longhouse following the board’s announcement. Bridges, whose signature look includes sporting a bow tie each day (his collection numbers in the hundreds), received a welcoming gift of a geoduck bow tie.

“The opportunity to serve as Evergreen’s next president is an extraordinary honor,” said Bridges. “Given the college’s strong national reputation as a leading public liberal arts institution and its dedicated and talented board members, faculty, staff, and students, I view this appointment as a unique and rare privilege. I look forward to learning about the college’s aspirations and expectations from all members of the Evergreen community and to meeting the many Evergreen alumni in every corner of the country.”

Bridges’ official start date is October 1. The fall/winter issue will feature a more detailed story about him.