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Introductions

The following is intended as a guide for speakers who will introduce Washington State University President Kirk Schulz and First Lady Noel Schulz at public and private events.

If the individual introducing the Schulzes has a personal connection with them, we encourage the use of personal anecdotes. Please keep introductory remarks brief.

Introducing the President

Kirk Schulz (pronounced Shults) became the 11th president of Washington State University on June 13, 2016, after a 7-year tenure at Kansas State University, where he guided KSU to a number of significant achievements in research, enrollment, and fundraising.

During his first eight months at WSU, President Schulz has emphasized listening to the Cougar Nation. 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.

President Schulz has identified the Drive to 25 as WSU’s number one institutional goal. The drive is an effort to elevate the University to recognized status as one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities by 2030. The Drive to 25 will emphasize two priorities:

  • Development of a preeminent research portfolio that improves lives and advances the common good
  • Creation of a truly transformative educational experience for all WSU students—to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation

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 the fall
  • The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine achieved preliminary accreditation in October
  • 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:

@WSU_Cougar_Pres (at-W-S-U-underscore-C-o-u-g-a-r-underscore-P-r-e-s).

Ladies and gentleman, please welcome President Kirk Schulz.

Introducing President Kirk and Dr. Noel 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:

Kirk Schulz
@WSU_Cougar_Pres (at-W-S-U-underscore-C-o-u-g-a-r-underscore-P-r-e-s).

Noel Schulz
@WSU_Noel_Schulz (at-W-S-U-underscore-N-o-e-l-underscore-S-c-h-u-l-z)

Ladies and gentleman, please welcome President Kirk and Dr. Noel Schulz.

Introducing Noel Schulz

Noel (pronounced Noll) Schulz (pronounced Shults) became Washington State University’s first lady and a professor in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture on June 13, 2016, when her husband Kirk assumed his duties as the University’s 11th president.

The Schulzes joined WSU after serving as president and first lady, respectively, for 7 years at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. A nationally recognized expert in power systems engineering, Dr. Schulz was associate dean for research and graduate programs in the KSU College of Engineering and the Paslay Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Dr. Schulz received the Hewlett-Packard Harriet B. Rigas Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2014, honoring her contributions to advancing the recruitment of women and retention of women in IEEE and the engineering professions. She has been actively engaged in recruiting and mentoring women in engineering and initiated faculty networks for women at two universities.

Dr. Schulz brought more than $10 million in external research funding to Kansas State through individual and collaborative projects. Her research, which focuses on the use of computers, including intelligent systems, to solve problems in power system design, operations, and controls, has been funded by a variety of agencies, including the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, and Homeland.

She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering at Virginia Tech and a doctoral degree in the same field at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

You are invited to follow Dr. Schulz on Twitter—she uses it regularly to connect with the WSU family and to share her pride in the university. Her user name:

@WSU_Noel_Schulz (at-W-S-U-underscore-N-o-e-l-underscore-S-c-h-u-l-z)

Ladies and gentleman, please welcome Dr. Noel Schulz.

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