About the Presidential Committees
Members of the President's Committees are appointed by the President from the faculty, administrative and professional personnel, classified staff, students, or others. The President, by authority granted to him by the Board of Regents, has final discretion in determining the number and the composition of these committees and in accepting, modifying, or rejecting committee recommendations. Certain committees, where appropriate, are assigned administrative functions. Committees are responsible to the President, either directly or through other general administrative officers of the institution.
Nominations for membership are submitted to the President from the Faculty Senate Committee on Committees, administrative and professional personnel, the staff, for many, but not all, of the President's Standing Committees.
Student representatives are nominated by the Graduate and Professional Student Association and the Associated Students of Washington State University. Alumni serve on committees in which there is an appropriate interest, and these nominations are made by the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association. The official year for appointments on Presidential Committees is August 16 through August 15 of the following year. Terms of members are staggered as indicated. The membership of some committees is subject to annual review. A member of the faculty, administrative and professional personnel, or staff who is granted leave of absence usually is replaced by another person to serve the remainder of the unexpired term if the length of absence is to be at least a year or if the committee chair requests a replacement. Regional campus representatives are included on committees where appropriate.
Chairs of all the President's Committees, other than those designated ex officio or as being appointed by the President, are elected annually in the spring semester by the committee from among those whose terms continue throughout the following year, unless exceptions are noted in the committee description. Results are reported to the President's Office on or before Commencement Day. When a chair leaves the campus or is absent for an extended length of time, interim leadership of the committee is established promptly by special election at a meeting of the committee.