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Washington State University
Office of the President December 2018

Thanks to you, 2018 a banner year

Dear WSU Community:

Greetings from French Administration. Congratulations and thanks to each one of you—faculty, staff, leadership, students, alumni, and friends—for your contributions to making the fall semester so successful throughout our statewide enterprise.

Commencement on December 8 was a fitting way to publicly celebrate one of our most important moments of the semester: the graduation of some 800 students who marked the end of one journey and the beginning of another. It is always fun and deeply gratifying to share this life-changing milestone with new graduates and their families.

For me, a portion of December has always been reserved for some quiet reflection, a time to contemplate … » More …

Collaboration and growth: Opportunities drive changes

Dear WSU Spokane Faculty and Staff,

Health sciences education and research at WSU continues to grow and evolve at an impressive rate. As we progress, we must also adapt our management philosophy and operational practices.

Today we are announcing two changes to the management structure of our health sciences areas. Common to other top academic health centers across the country, this structure will enable more interprofessional education and allow for increased collaboration and coordination.

Effective January 1, Gary Pollack, Joyce Griffin‑Sobel, and John Tomkowiak, the deans of the Colleges of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nursing, and Medicine, respectively, will report jointly to WSU Provost and Executive … » More …

With gratitude to Dan Bernardo

Please join me in expressing heartfelt gratitude to Dan Bernardo for a job well done as he prepares to step down as our provost and executive vice president.

Serving as provost at a complex, far-flung educational enterprise is a demanding—and often daunting—task. Dan has served the University with great distinction in this role for more than 5 years, providing selfless leadership while investing himself 110 percent in advancing the University’s priorities.

Dan’s accomplishments as WSU dean, vice president, provost, and interim president are wide ranging and too numerous to fully list here. But his vision, initiative, and commitment are directly responsible for a number of University achievements, including record student enrollment, record … » More …