Presidential Inauguration

All are invited to attend the inauguration of Bethami Dobkin, PhD, 19th president of Westminster College. An RSVP is required to attend any of the inauguration events. For disability accommodations, call the Office of the President at 801.832.2550 five business days prior to the event.

Beth Dobkin Headshot

Friday, September 28, 2018

2—4:00 p.m. Symposium: Which Values Will Endure in a Digital World? in the Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Jewett Center for the Performing Arts and Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

10:00 a.m. Installation ceremony in Richer Commons

11:30 a.m. Inauguration lunch and Westminster Weekend festivities

6:00 p.m. Inauguration celebration with great food and live music

About the Symposium

Digital technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship have brought changes to human interaction and experience that, while improving lives, may also challenge fundamental notions of what it means to be human.

This symposium explores ways that technological innovation might improve or damage lives and asks us to consider: What role does higher education have in not just preparing students to live and work in digital environments, but also critically understand and align those environments with a commitment to human dignity and equity?

Leaders in medical technology, religion, law, social science, and product development will share perspectives on the ways that technology aids or threatens our health, dignity, and privacy, as well as ways that technological innovation has prompted new ways of collaborating and learning. After a panel discussion and keynote talk on these challenging issues, audience members will be asked to consider the various perspectives shared during the symposium and explore strategies for becoming informed and ethical creators and consumers in digital environments.


Nicole Bedera (Honors, ’14)
PhD candidate in sociology, University of Michigan

Ray Bradford (Honors, ’07)
Founder and CEO, Spruce Health

The Right. Reverend Scott B. Hayashi
Eleventh Bishop of Utah, The Episcopal Church

Kristine Edde Johnson
Attorney and Shareholder, Parsons Behle & Latimer

Nate Walkingshaw
CXO, Pluralsight


Amy Loomis, PhD
Co-Founder, IBM Think Academy