State of the University

State of the University Address

Washington State University President Kirk Schulz spent much of his State of the University address Tuesday outlining steps that were being taken to help WSU emerge as the best possible place to learn, work and conduct research.

In addressing some of the positive signs the university is already seeing, Schulz also spoke to the adversity Cougs have faced due to the pandemic.

“I tend to be an optimist at heart, and always look forward to the future and think the future is going to be better than the past, but I want to acknowledge that the last two years have been really, really challenging for the WSU community.”

While remote work and classes weren’t ideal and at times made the WSU experience feel less vibrant, Schulz thanks Cougs for their tenacity during difficult times. The ability to return students to physical campuses this fall was a particular point of pride for Schulz, who delivered the State of the University from the WSU Tri-Cities campus. It’s the first time in Schulz’s tenure he’s made the annual speech away from the Pullman campus.

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Schulz and Haynes standing in front of a podium.
WSU President Kirk Schulz and WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Sandra Haynes

Tuesday, March 22, 2022
3:00 pm PT

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