Distinguished Service Award

  Dan and Beth Whittemore

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Alumni at least 10 years removed from graduation and still living are eligible for the Distinguished Service Award but there is more to eligibility and consideration. Recipients must have made an outstanding contribution to community at some level, whether local or international. Dan and Beth Whittemore meet and far exceed those requirements. Dan joined the alumni ranks in 1961 while Beth became an Honorary alumna during Homecoming 2017.

Dan’s professional resume is impressive, moving through a succession of ever more responsible positions of financial authority. He retired after a dozen years as Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Business Services for the Arizona based Maricopa Community College system serving over 200,000 students. Beth followed an equally impressive career path in health care management, that included chief operating officer for an HMO health care provider and department head of the Arizona Children’s Rehabilitative Services. For their professional accomplishments alone, the Whittemores qualify as Distinguished Service Award candidates.

This Graceland couple has also lived a passionate commitment to restorative justice and quality of life for America’s Native Americans. Dan has relied on his law and theology degrees to spearhead legal efforts to address Indian Justice issues and specifically to address issues of poverty, employment, and self-respect on and off the reservations. Beth continues to support indigenous people, serving five years on the Board of the Phoenix Indian Center. She co-facilitated a 16-hour course on Legal Rights of Indians and Tribes and works with various Indian communities and organizations. Beth supports higher education wherever she can and helped fund two endowed law scholarships for Native Americans. It is an honor to lift up and celebrate the fruit of the Whittemore partnership which has furthered the underlying values of Graceland University. They are receiving the honor together in recognition of their partnership in community service.