Thomas Witherspoon '05
B.A. English (concentration in professional writing); Chicago, Ill.
Posse Foundation Scholar; Posse Foundation Chicago - Summer Intern; Katie Khrone Academic Leadership Scholarship; Black Alumni Scholarship for Student Leadership; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Leadership Scholarship; Present Children's Worlds - Teacher; Office of Campus and Residential Life - Head Resident, Resident Assistant; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated - President; Black Student Union - Minister of Defense, Minister of Affairs; Brother to Brother - Support Group Chair DCGA - Senator; Gospel Choir; The Denisonian - Contributing Writer; Granville High School - Teacher Assistant; Office of First-Year Studies - Intern; Office of Multicultural Student Affairs - Administrative Assistant; Leads Head Start - Teachers Assistant
Supporting comments: "Thomas is naturally affirming as a leader and accepting of the styles of participation that others bring to a group effort or project. This makes him highly sought after as a member of any collaboration or team. The scope of his leadership activities covers an exceptional span of involvement all of which required a strong commitment to the Denison community. I have been impressed by the mature and thoughtful ways in which Thomas has addressed difficult issues and situations in his many student leadership roles while maintaining his relationships with fellow students and seeming never losing his keen sense of humor. If I had the difficult assignment of trying to summarize Thomas' leadership contribution at Denison, I would remark on his boundless energy, his unfailing commitment to develop others and his ongoing vision of community building. This vision is of a community that is pluralist in its ability to meet and encourage others to pursue their own individual and collective interests while, at the same time, encouraging everyone to come together to enjoy and learn from social differences. Thomas reflects the best of what our student leaders can bring to Denison. He leaves an energizing legacy among the many groups and individuals with whom he has worked.."