Evergreen picks Whitman College leader as its new president

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Evergreen State College has picked the president of Whitman College in Walla Walla as its new leader.

George Bridges (Photo: Whitman College)

George Bridges, who is also a former vice provost at the University of Washington, will replace Thomas "Les" Purce. Purce is retiring this summer after serving as the college's president since July 2000.

Bridges has been president of the small liberal arts college in Walla Walla for 10 years.

The Evergreen State College board voted on its new president at a meeting Monday.

Bridges earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Washington and master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

His official start date at Evergreen is Oct. 1. The school announced his annual salary will be $300,000.