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Thursday, November 11, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.

Whitman College picks UW dean as president

By Brandon Sprague
Seattle Times staff reporter

UW's George Bridges to head Whitman College.
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George Bridges, University of Washington's dean of undergraduate education and vice provost, has been named the new president of Whitman College in Walla Walla, the university announced yesterday.

Bridges, 54, will replace Tom Cronin, who is retiring in June after 12 years as president of the liberal-arts college.

Whitman College, which has a student body of 1,430, is known for strong academics and small classes.

Bridges earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Washington and received a master's degree in criminology and a doctorate in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.

He returned to the UW as a professor in 1982 and received its Distinguished Teaching Award in 1996. He was appointed dean in 2002.

Bridges, whose research focus includes criminal and juvenile justice, has written extensively about racial disparity in the criminal-justice system.

Bridges lives in Seattle with his wife, Kari Tupper, a lecturer in women's studies at the UW. They will move to Walla Walla at the end of the school year.

Bridges' term as president will begin in July.

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