2008
Pioneering Hewitt executive, trustee to speak at commencement ceremony

Pioneering Hewitt executive, trustee to speak at commencement ceremony
May 12, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Judith A. Whinfrey, a member of the Board of Directors of Hewitt Associates and a Trustee of Benedictine University, will address the University’s 115th commencement ceremonies at 9:50 a.m. on Sunday, May 18 at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex. Whinfrey was born in Evanston, one of seven children, and earned a degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois. She began her career at Hewitt Associates, then a small actuarial consulting firm that has grown over the years to become a $3 billion global firm, specializing in human resources consulting and outsourcing. She spent eight years in the firm’s Los Angeles office, expanding her role to consulting on all aspects of benefits and compensation. Upon returning to Chicago, Whinfrey took on responsibilities for managing multidisciplinary relationships with large, complex global clients. When Hewitt went public in 2002, Whinfrey was elected to the company’s board of directors. She is also on the Board of Trustees of Benedictine University and is the chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. She is the chair of the Board of Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, and is a board member of S&C Electric Company of Chicago. Whinfrey is also a past president of the Western Pension Conference and has been a guest lecturer at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and the International Foundation of Employee Benefits. She is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and an Associate in the Society of Actuaries. Whinfrey lives in Geneva and is married to Peter Whinfrey, whose business focuses on environmentally proactive, bio-remedial solutions for consumer applications. Commencement activities begin with a Mass at 8:00 a.m. at St. Procopius Abbey. Commencement ceremonies for associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree candidates will begin with a procession from Scholl Hall at 9:45 a.m. A reception will follow commencement in the Krasa Student Center. For more information about commencement ceremonies at Benedictine University, visit the commencement web page at www.ben.edu/commencement.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.