Answering your questions on the future of Cougar Athletics

Dear Cougar Nation, As we continue to navigate the evolving landscape of intercollegiate athletics and conference realignment, I would like to provide a brief update regarding our search for an appropriate landing spot for Cougar Athletics. I have had several people ask different questions since my last update — so let me provide some information […]

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Welcome back to a new academic year

Dear Colleagues, Welcome to the fall 2023 semester! I am always energized and excited as we begin each new academic year seeing our faculty and staff back on campus after summer breaks and welcoming returning students back home. This year, I also have the distinct pleasure of welcoming over 100 new faculty colleagues across the system alongside […]

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Addressing recent Pac-12 developments

Dear Cougar Nation, The last few weeks have been tumultuous for Washington State University and the Pac‑12 Conference. The decision by the University of Washington and the University of Oregon to accept offers to join the Big Ten Conference sealed the fate of the Pac‑12. By the end of the day on Friday, only four members […]

Categories: Letter to Campus

Reaffirming our commitment to accessibility and affordability

In the wake of today’s Supreme Court ruling, Washington State University reaffirms its longstanding commitment to ensuring higher education is accessible and affordable for all Washingtonians. We remain dedicated to holistically recruiting the best students, faculty, and staff to WSU. Fulfilling these pledges will continue to guide us now and in the future. Seeking and […]

Categories: Letter to Campus

Cougar Athletics projects $11.5M budget deficit

Dear Colleagues, As many of you have already seen, WSU Athletics is anticipating an $11.5 million budget deficit for fiscal year 2023. Among the factors contributing to the shortfall are decreases in Pac‑12 revenue distributions, lower-than-projected revenues for Cougar Athletics, and operational costs that have exceeded the approved budget. Cougar Athletics is collaborating closely with the Office of Finance […]

Categories: Letter to Campus

Cougar Athletics budget update

Dear Colleagues, WSU has made steady progress toward balancing the athletics budget the past several years. Unfortunately, though, we are facing tremendous headwinds that will make closing out fiscal year 2023 more challenging than expected. As has already been widely reported, each Pac‑12 university will see a significant decrease in revenue distribution. This decrease is […]

Categories: Letter to Campus