In late February, Christianity Today announced the results of the first Best Christian Places to Work survey, a landmark study commissioned by CT and administered by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute. It is the largest survey ever conducted on the attitudes of employees at Christian workplaces, with more than 8,500 respondents across a range of industries.

A panel of independent judges selected four companies in ten categories for special recognition. For two weeks CT is saluting the first place organizations in each category.

Large Colleges, Universities, & Seminaries

Whitworth College
Spokane, Washington

Whitworth College enrolls nearly 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students. And president Bill Robinson knows nearly all of them. "Bill is amazing," says Greg Orwig, director of communications. "The fact that he can call everyone by name and knows something about their story sends a powerful message."

Robinson says that he has an "infectious love for the students." This is just one of the qualities that endears Whitworth's president to his employees, who frequently cite him as being a key reason that Whitworth is a great place to work. In addition to his devotion to students, he is "possibly the least pretentious person in his position that I know," says Orwig. "You'll often find him in his office in sweats and a T-shirt."

Robinson says that his informal style is a reflection of just one way that he strives to create an atmosphere of openness on the Whitworth campus. He makes it a habit to wander into the dining hall and sit with students, unannounced, as well as to visit regularly with his faculty and staff.

"I am authentically interested in their perspective on how we should be operating," he says. He also strives to ...

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