Westmont Names a New Provost

Kimberly Battle-Walters Denu

Kimberly Battle-Walters Denu describes her appointment as Westmont’s new provost as a tremendous honor. "After talking with students, it was clear to me that Westmont loves and cares for its students. An institution that prioritizes a strong faith commitment alongside academic excellence in an intimate learning community is very special, and I wanted to be a part of it."

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Letter from the President

A liberal arts education embedded in the Christian intellectual tradition invites us to see the interrelationship of all knowledge and to learn how to reach into every area of human learning to find new solutions to vexing problems.

Engineering Builds out its Program

Westmont’s engineering program welcomed more than a dozen impressive professional engineers to campus for two days of meetings and feedback on the young program. The Westmont Engineering Advisory Board explored ideas about the department’s curriculum, design projects, accreditation and funding.

“We talked quite a bit about creating a culture in the engineering program that helps students grow not only technically, but in every aspect — including their spiritual lives,” says Dan Jensen, director of the engineering program.

A Walking, Talking Miracle

Students became familiar with the name Kaitlynn Derani ’24 throughout the 2020 school year as we prayed for her and her family when she suffered severe injuries in a tragic car accident in Colorado on her 19th birthday. She spent months in a coma with a laundry list of injuries. “I broke my neck, my arm and dislocated my back,” she says. “I had a hole in my heart and needed three brain surgeries. Not one, not two, not three, but 10 different doctors told my parents to call all our loved ones. They insisted I wasn’t going to make it.”