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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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