Geoffrey C. Shepard ’66 Letter to the Board of Trustees

From: Geoff Shepard
Date: February 25, 2023 at 8:24:06 AM GMT-7
Subject: Forced Trustee Removal

To the Whittier College Board of Trustees:

I am simply appalled at your recent action, forcing the removal of two of the College’s most loyal and distinguished trustees: Chris Cross and Barbara Groce. I served with both as a Trustee myself and am personally aware of their many contributions to the College.

I’ve known Chris in particular since we were there in the mid-1960s. He went on to a career in education, including being an Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education in Washington.

Surely you must realize that such an unjustified action, taken without authority under your by-laws, will invite both litigation and regulatory scrutiny. Every Whittier alum has got to be asking themselves, “What on earth are our Trustees up to?” Each of you has a fiduciary duty to the College. I hope you are prepared to defend this outrageous action, when those challenges come.

Respectfully submitted,

Geoffrey C. Shepard, Esq., Class of 1966

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