WCCI was created in 2005 when Seattle University was unable to join the Pacific Consortium of Small College Business Officers (“PacCon”) due to that organization’s 25 institution limit.
Denis Ransmeier, who has recently retired but at that time was the CFO at Seattle University, contacted Don Mortenson, the V.P. at Seattle Pacific University, to explain his view that PacCon was a highly effective organization and to recommend that a group of larger institutions consider forming a companion consortium. Don Mortenson invited Dr. Roy F. Heynderickx, who is now the president of St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington but was then the V.P. at the University of Portland, and Phillip Doolittle, the V.P. of the University of Redlands, to join a conference call to explore Denis Ransmeier’s idea. The idea gelled during the call.
The group next sent out an invite to about 20 comprehensive private institutions to see if there was interest, and the response was favorable.
Roy Heynderickx offered to host the first WCCI Annual Meeting at the University of Portland. The first meeting took place on April 14 and 15, 2005 and was planned by Denis Ransmeier, Roy Heynderickx, Don Mortenson, Charles Cross, Harry Fong, and Tom Fleming. The group resolved to hold the Annual Meeting in the spring to avoid conflict with PacCon’s Annual Meeting. Denis Ransmeier offered to host the second meeting at Seattle University. Later, Denis accepted a position at Lewis and Clark University, so Don Mortenson hosted the second meeting at Seattle Pacific University. The third meeting was hosted by V.P. Tom Fleming at Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles.
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