Kirk Schulz (pronounced Shults) is beginning his second year as president of Washington State University. He became the 11th president of WSU and a tenured professor in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering on June 13, 2016, after a seven-year tenure as the president of Kansas State University.
During his first year at WSU, President Schulz launched a major institutional initiative focused on transforming Washington State into one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities by 2030. The initiative builds on the cornerstones of the University’s Strategic Plan and its two primary goals:
- WSU will offer a transformative educational experience to students
- WSU will accelerate the development of a preeminent research portfolio
A successful launch of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is also high on the list of the president’s priorities. Created by the legislature in 2015, the college received national accreditation in October and welcomes the inaugural class of 60 medical students in August.
President Schulz has emphasized listening to the Cougar Nation since he arrived at WSU. He meets regularly with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other members of the Cougar family—across the state and beyond—as he partners with others to build upon the University’s recent successes.
The University has achieved several significant milestones under President Schulz’s leadership:
- Statewide enrollment reached the 30,000-student milestone for the first time in fall, 2016
- The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine achieved preliminary accreditation in October, 2016
- Biofuel created by the WSU-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance powered the world’s first commercial flight using biomass from branches, treetops, and other timber harvest leftovers
President Schulz is one of the most active college presidents nationally to use Twitter to connect with the WSU family and to share his pride in the University. We invite you to follow him on Twitter:
Ladies and gentleman, please welcome President Kirk Schulz.
Kirk and Noel (pronounced Noll) Schulz (pronounced Shults) became Washington State University’s first couple on June 13, 2016, following 7 years in the same role at Kansas State University. As KSU’s president, Kirk guided the university to a number of significant achievements in research, enrollment, and fundraising. In addition to her duties as first lady, Noel served as associate dean for research and graduate programs at the KSU College of Engineering.
President Schulz is guiding WSU’s transformation into one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities, a university distinguished by exceptional research and innovation that improves our quality of life. He has also pledged a university-wide focus on providing a transformative educational experience for students—to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduating from WSU.
A nationally recognized expert in power systems engineering, Noel Schulz is also a professor in WSU’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. She shares the stage with President Schulz at many functions.
Both Schulzes rely on Twitter to connect with the WSU family and to share their pride in the University. We invite you to follow them:
Ladies and gentleman, please welcome President Kirk and Dr. Noel Schulz.