Ulric J. Mark

A 1985 religion graduate, Ulric has dedicated his life to education and is changing the lives of thousands of young people on the island of Guam. 

After graduation, Ulric accepted a call to teach at Guam Adventist Academy.  Two years later, he  a teacher to a bigger stage in the public high school system and for ten years he served as a math and health sciences teacher.  Ulric moved into school administration in 1996. Today, Ulric is principal of John F. Kennedy High School.

Even with all of these responsibilities, Ulric devotes time to his church, serving as board chair of Guam Adventist Academy.

Ulric received a master of education degree with a specialization in administration and supervision from the University of Guam in 1995.  Ulric and his wife, Thora, live in Mangilao.

Susan Gardner

Susan Sanders Gardner has devoted 35 years of her life to making the art of writing a pleasure for thousands of academy and college students.

After reaching legendary status at Walla Walla Valley Academy in the 1970s and 1980s, Susan joined Walla Walla College in 1987. As a professor in English and the director of the college’s writing program, she introduced curriculum changes that made writing an essential part of general education at the college.

Susan has since taken her crusade to make writing gratifying for students as a professor of English and director of College Writing to Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Loma Linda University, and La Sierra University, where she currently teaches.

Susan holds a doctoral degree in English and education from the University of Michigan, a master's degree in English from the University of Utah, and is a 1970 Walla Walla College English graduate. Susan and her husband, Robert, live in Riverside, Calif. They have two children, Monty and Michael.

Fred Bennett

Like many of our engineering students, Fred came from a faraway place, and arrived on campus with pennies in his pocket, but a tremendous work ethic and desire to excel soon turned Fred into one of the engineering program’s finest students. 

After finishing his mechanical engineering degree in 1955, Fred spent five years as an architect for the Navy in Bremerton, Wash. Fred returned to Walla Walla College in 1961 and inspired and educated generations of civil engineers until his retirement from teaching.

While helping to build the engineering school into one of the jewels of the college, Fred earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering at Washington State University.  

Fred’s energy and expertise on campus culminated in his crucial role as the coordinator of design and architecture for the Chan Sun Pavilion addition to Kretschmar Hall.
Beyond campus, Fred has committed countless hours to the community in various capacities. In the 1990s he successfully advocated the construction of a new fire station.  As a board member of Walla Walla General Hospital, Fred played a major role in the design, fund raising, and construction of the new facility in the 1970s. 

Fred and his wife, JaneAnn, live in College Place.  They have four grown children, Janna, Fred, George, and Carol.

John Sackett

As a young hospital administrator in Colorado in the 1980s, John dreamed of building an Adventist hospital to serve as a beacon of hope and healing to the suburb of Louisville sprouting north of Denver. Since opening its doors in 1990 with John at the helm as its chief executive officer, Avista Adventist Hospital and its staff of hundreds of doctors and nurses have touched the lives of thousands through the ministry of healthcare.  

John first heard this call at the age of six, when he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a fatal genetic disease that afflicts the lungs and other vital organs. John committed himself to help others overcome pain and disease in their lives. After a lifetime of learning on the job, John proves each day that possessing a mission of service is as crucial to the success of a healthcare institution as making smart business decisions.  
Recent awards include being named the YWCA Man of the Year in 1998, election to the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame in 2000, and being named as a Torch Bearer for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002.

John resides in Louisville, Colorado, with his wife Sue and his two children.