Willamette University to Create a Collegiate System
22 January 2002 (collegiateway.org) — Willamette University, a distinguished liberal arts college in Salem, Oregon, has recently announced that it will establish a system of residential colleges. Although it is a university by name and has small graduate programs in law, management, and education, Willamette is usually classified as a liberal arts college and most of its 2200 students are undergraduates. In establishing a residential college system Willamette follows the example recently set by Middlebury College in Vermont, another liberal arts college which has recently converted to a collegiate structure. The president of Willamette, Dr. M. Lee Pelton, received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and served for several years as Senior Tutor of Winthrop House, one of Harvard’s thirteen residential colleges, and so will bring much collegiate experience to Willamette’s new colleges.