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Office of the President May 2020

Budget planning in a COVID-19 world

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As the University continues to navigate an environment filled with unknowns due to the impact of COVID‑19, it is critical that we develop a thoughtful approach to making decisions that will affect the community’s shared future. One of the most critical areas of our decision-making, not surprisingly, will revolve around university finances and budgets.

The economic fallout from the pandemic is—and will be—significant. While the state of Washington is still gathering economic data and analyzing it, we expect that public universities in the state, like other public agencies, will be asked to shoulder a share of the budget trimming that is … » More …

A framework for resuming in-person activities

Dear Faculty and Staff:

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year in Washington. Flowers are blooming, the weather is starting to warm up, and the sun shines almost every day here in Pullman. It is a welcome counterpoint to the challenges we have faced together as a community the last two months while dealing with COVID‑19.

I know it has been a frustrating, and for some—extraordinarily difficult—semester. Yet your resolve, and the resolve of our students, to persevere through this pandemic has been exceptional. I hope that you and your loved ones are doing as well as possible given the current situation. Know … » More …

Elizabeth Chilton WSU’s new provost

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

It is my pleasure to announce that Elizabeth Chilton will be WSU’s new provost and executive vice president, effective August 1. She joins us from Binghamton University, part of the State University of New York system, where she has served as dean of the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences since 2017.

As provost and executive vice president, Elizabeth will serve as WSU’s highest ranking academic officer, responsible for guiding all aspects of the University’s system‑wide academic mission. As such, she will oversee the evolution of WSU’s core mission to prepare students for career and life success, nurture research that addresses the challenges … » More …

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