Dr. Eaton served as SPU’s ninth president, from 1996 until 2012. Prior to his presidency at SPU, he served as interim president of Whitworth University, a Presbyterian university in Spokane, Washington, from 1992-93. Eaton previously served as vice president of academic affairs and then provost of SPU. He was a professor of English and American literature at Whitworth from 1968-85.
Dr. Eaton holds a B.A. in English from Whitworth, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Arizona State University. Eaton was the first recipient of the Whitworth Academic Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Whitworth in 2000.