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Washington State University
Office of the President January 2019

Top priorities moving forward

January 2019

Dear Faculty and Staff:

Greetings as we approach completion of the fourth week of spring semester. I trust that you enjoyed some downtime during the holiday period and that the semester is off to a good start. Noel and I returned from the break feeling refreshed and excited about the spring after some family travels.

I have been reading an excellent book about institutions such as ours in recent weeks. Land Grant Universities for the Future—Higher Education for the Public Good by Stephen M. Gavazzi and E. Gordon Gee examines how land‑grant universities have both thrived and struggled in recent decades.

As I have reflected on the … » More …

Dr. King’s legacy challenges us to serve

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

What are you doing for others?

That simple question calls us to pause, to reflect on our own life and the lives of those around us.

What core principles guide our daily decisions and actions? Does our hectic day‑to‑day schedule allow us to consider, and then incorporate, service to others into our life journey, even on an occasional basis?

What are you doing for others?

Those six words also remind us of a profound truth: that we share this planet with all of humanity. By opening our hearts to serve the oppressed, the sick, and the less fortunate, we not only transform … » More …

Learn more about proposed Title IX changes

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Washington State University is committed to preventing sexual violence (including stalking, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault), and to providing an appropriate response when such incidents occur.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making regarding university processes for responding to sexual violence concerns under Title IX, the federal law mandating gender equity among colleges that accept federal money. We are carefully reviewing the proposed amendments to the rule and plan to provide an institutional response to the OCR consistent with the values and needs of our communities in advance of the January 28, … » More …