Dear WSU Community,

Congratulations on a successful fall 2021 semester!

As we wrap up another academic term, I want to thank all of you for the outstanding work you continue to do to make our university a leader in learning, research, and public service.

Thank you to our students

It was exciting to see all of you back in our classrooms, studios, teaching and research laboratories, and on the field or court. As I interacted with you across our campuses, your energy and enthusiasm for a robust in‑person experience were reinforced again and again. I appreciate your resiliency as we continue to navigate the challenges of a global pandemic.

Thank you to our staff members

Many of you have been working on our campuses throughout the pandemic. You are the glue that holds WSU together. I appreciate your positive outlook as we have continued to manage with fewer colleagues due to the fiscal impact of reduced enrollment and COVID‑19. I am so appreciative of your continued support of our students and our educational and research mission.

Thank you to our faculty members

A year ago, the majority of our instruction was done remotely, and we pivoted once again this semester to a primarily in‑person experience. I know many of you were uneasy as the semester started—but I watched the joy of teaching and working with students happen as the semester got underway. I also appreciate your continued flexibility in finding ways to accomplish your scholarly and outreach work through a continually evolving work environment.

In closing

I want to acknowledge that some of you may feel apprehensive about the future with continuing reports of new COVID‑19 variants disrupting our home and work lives. I appreciate your leadership in using all of the tools available to us to combat the spread of COVID through vaccinations and boosters, wearing masks, and social distancing. These mitigation efforts have proved highly effective in protecting our WSU communities across the state.

It was a privilege to serve as your president during 2021—and I am looking forward to an even better 2022. I wish all of you and your families a Happy Holidays!

Go Cougs,

Kirk Schulz, President
Washington State University