WSU Recommits to Student Veterans

A Recommitment Statement to WSU Veteran and Military-Affiliated Students


Dear Cougar Community:

We are proud to reaffirm our gratitude and commitment to the military-affiliated students of Washington State University. WSU has a rich history of honoring the service and sacrifice of our military-affiliated Cougs.

It began with the first cadets training on campus in 1892. After World War II and the GI Bill launched, WSU saw a significant increase of veterans attending WSU. That connection continues today, as hundreds of student veterans, active-duty military, guardsmen and reservists, and military-affiliated family members enroll throughout the WSU system from locations all around the world.

We affirm the selfless service and the personal sacrifice of these students and acknowledge that their unique experiences and challenges call for an awareness and commitment from our WSU community. We welcome and are grateful for their unique perspectives and continued leadership. We pledge to support all of our veteran and military-affiliated students’ academic achievement and personal development.

Through the following efforts we will support and serve those who have served our country.

Washington State University will strive to be a veteran-inclusive, veteran-ready, veteran-supportive community with sustainable resources to promote the well-being and success of its military-affiliated students:

  1. Create a culture of trust and connectedness across the campus community to promote well-being and success for veterans.
  2. Ensure consistent and sustained support from campus leadership.
  3. Implement an early alert system to ensure all veterans receive academic, career, and financial advice before challenges become overwhelming.
  4. Coordinate campus efforts for all veterans, together with the creation of a designated space.
  5. Collaborate with local communities and organizations, including government agencies, to align and coordinate services for veterans.
  6. Utilize a uniform set of data tools to collect and track information on veterans, including demographics, retention, and degree completion.
  7. Provide comprehensive resources for faculty and staff on issues and challenges unique to veterans.
  8. Develop systems that ensure sustainability of effective practices for veterans.

U.S. Department of Education 8 Keys to Student Veteran Success


Kirk Schulz, President, Washington State University

Elizabeth Chilton, Provost and Executive Vice President

Asif Chaudhry, Vice President for International Programs

Pat Chun, Director of Athletics

Dave Cillay, Vice President of WSU Academic Outreach and Innovation and Chancellor, Global Campus

Mike Connell, Acting Vice President for University Advancement and CEO of the WSU Foundation

Daryll DeWald, Vice President of Health Sciences and Chancellor, WSU Health Sciences

Theresa Elliot-Cheslek, Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer

Mary Jo Gonzales, Vice President of Student Affairs

Sandra Haynes, Chancellor, WSU Tri-Cities

Danielle Hess, Senior Assistant Attorney General

Chris Hoyt, Chief of Staff, Office of the President

Chris Keane, Vice President for Research

Colleen Kerr, Vice President for External Affairs and Government Relations

Mel Netzhammer, Chancellor, WSU Vancouver

Stacy Pearson, Vice President for Finance and Administration

Sasi Pillay, Vice President for Information Technology Services

Paul Pitre, Chancellor, WSU Everett

Phil Weiler, Vice President for Marketing and Communications