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OneWSU Leadership Evolution

Effective July 1, 2022, Washington State University will undergo a leadership evolution to better support our campuses and local communities by allowing an appropriate level of autonomy for each location, ensuring our land-grant mission of providing education to all, regardless of means or background.

The biggest changes of note are the appointment of the WSU Pullman Chancellor and the change in reporting structure for Cougar Athletics, International Programs, the Office of Research, and the Division of Student Affairs. With this transition, Athletic Director Pat Chun, Vice President Asif Chaudhry, Vice President Chris Keane, and Vice President Mary Jo Gonzales will formally assume additional roles as WSU Pullman Vice Chancellors for their respective areas. Effective July 1, 2022, these four leaders will report to the WSU Pullman Chancellor. Appointing these area leaders to expanded roles that include a focus on WSU Pullman will allow our flagship campus to grow and maintain an identity that is separate from that of the WSU system.

Effective immediately, I have charged a team, led by the President’s and Provost’s offices, to manage the transition over the next year. Additionally, this team will be working with subgroups in Athletics, International Programs, Research, and Student Affairs to ensure a smooth and thoughtful transition. We will also be engaging many of you in a set of working groups across the system encompassing finance and administration, research, internationalization, student success, and academic and faculty affairs, to provide recommendations for a successful evolution. Finally, over the course of the next year, we will develop what the appropriate structure looks like for the WSU System Office.

Transition Team

Project Manager
Hailey Rupp
Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Communications
Office of the President

Ginger Druffel
Senior Executive Assistant and Office Manager
Office of the President

Theresa Elliot-Cheslek
Vice President of Human Resource Services and Chief Human Resource Officer
Human Resource Services

Christine Hoyt
Chief of Staff
Office of the President

Kristina Peterson-Wilson
Chief of Staff
Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

Phil Weiler
Vice President for Marketing and Communications
Marketing and Communications