Reflecting on the spring semester

Dear WSU community, Happy Spring, Cougs. After spending the first two weeks of May attending back-to-back commencements celebrating our most recent class of Cougar graduates, I find myself reflecting on the reasons faculty, staff, and administrators are called to higher education in the first place. It wasn’t because anyone told us to, but because we want […]

Categories: Letter to Campus

Announcing my plans for retirement in 2025

Dear WSU community, As the 2023–24 academic year comes to a close, I am completing my eighth year serving as president of Washington State University. Noel and I were formally introduced to WSU in March of 2016 and have thoroughly enjoyed leading our university since that time. I informed the WSU Regents in June 2023 that it was […]

Categories: Letter to Campus

Building bridges: philanthropy at WSU

Dear WSU community, We are not quite midway through the spring 2024 semester, but warmer weather and longer days are certainly in the near future! Throughout the 2023–24 academic year, I have sent monthly updates highlighting success stories at Washington State University. These have included achievements related to our Native American programs, capital projects, and general momentum going into the […]

Categories: Letter to Campus

Preparing for potential ASE strike

Dear WSU community, As you may be aware, the Academic Student Employees (ASE), represented by the United Auto Workers (UAW), has indicated they intend to strike beginning tomorrow, January 17, if a fair contract is not reached. Unfortunately, after 40+ meetings and the exchange of more than 200 proposals on 40 different contract articles between the WSU negotiating team […]

Categories: Letter to Campus

Honoring Dr. King’s legacy and fostering community

Dear WSU community, Welcome to the start of another semester! I hope you had a relaxing winter break spent in the company of friends and family. Noel and I were fortunate to spend most of the break moving into our new house in Richland with the assistance of our son, Andrew, who was back home for […]

Categories: Letter to Campus

An update on negotiations between WSU and our academic student employees

Dear WSU community, As negotiations between Washington State University and the United Auto Workers (UAW) labor union representing our academic student employees continue to move toward a resolution, I would like to express my appreciation to both negotiating teams for their dedication and hard work over the last ten months. WSU and UAW have met four […]

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