About PLU

Selected Notable Professors of Special Interest to the Media and External Constituents

Charles Bergman, Ph.D., English: Writer on endangered species and environmental literature.

E. Wayne Carp, Ph.D., History: Benson Family Chair in Business and Economic History: Expert on adoption policy, history and current debates.

Robert Ericksen, Ph.D., History: Kurt Mayer Professorship in Holocaust Studies: Internationally recognized Holocaust Scholar.

Craig Fryhle, Ph.D., Chemistry: Author of second best selling organic chemistry text.

Colleen Hacker, Ph.D., Physical Education: Expert in sport psychology and body image, sport psychologist for the gold-medal U.S. Olympic women’s soccer team.

David Huelsbeck, Ph.D., Anthropology: Pacific Northwest archaeologist.

Terry Miller, Ph.D., Nursing: Published author and national leader in nursing education.

Selected Notable Alumni:

Joyce A. Barr ’76: Former United States Ambassador to the Republic of Namibia.

Rep. Lois Capps ’59: United States Representative, 22nd Congressional District, California.

Dr. William Foege ’57: Worked with World Health Organization to eradicate smallpox, former director of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Carter Center, advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Edna Goodrich ’41, ’65: National leader in women’s correction work.

Marv Harshman ’42: Nation’s winningest college basketball coach when retired at end of 40-year career.

Lute Jerstad ’58: Part of the first U.S. team to conquer Mt. Everest.

Rick Larsen ’87: United States Representative, 2nd Congressional District, Washington.

Sean Parnell ’84: Twelfth Governor of Alaska.

Elizabeth Pulliam ’85: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

Peter Wang ’60: Came to PLU from Taiwan and went on to become a university professor and businessman who donated $4 million to endow the Wang Center for International Programs.