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WSU Loses Beloved Leader with Passing of Dr. Glenn Terrell

August 30, 2013

The Cougar family lost one of its most beloved leaders this morning with the passing of Dr. Glenn Terrell. He was 93.

Dr. Terrell served as president of WSU from 1967 to 1985. He was a magnanimous leader who always had the best interests of the students, faculty, and staff in mind. The years of Dr. Terrell’s presidency were times of change for the nation and for the University. He navigated challenges admirably, leaving WSU a stronger and more vibrant University than ever before. Among his numerous accomplishments, Dr. Terrell was instrumental in the creation of the WSU Foundation in 1979 to increase private support for the University. Enrollment also increased significantly during his tenure. Dr. Terrell was respected nationally for his leadership, serving on the board of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, and as the elected President of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.

For all of his accomplishments, Dr. Terrell will perhaps best be known as a man who cared about people. He had the rare ability to make anyone he was talking to feel like the most important person in the world. Everyone in the Cougar Family who was blessed with the opportunity to meet him will remember with fondness his sincere compassion, generous heart, and great sense of humor. He will be missed.

A beautiful video tribute to Dr. Terrell produced several years ago can be viewed here.  A more complete biography is available here. We will provide more details about a celebration of Dr. Terrell’s life and contributions to our great institution as they become available.

Please join me in sending our condolences to his wife, Gail, and their family for their loss.