State of the University

2024 State of the University Address

Higher education is at a critical juncture, facing unprecedented challenges and increased scrutiny from all sides. At Washington State University, we are not just weathering the storm; we are charting a course for excellence and innovation that will bolster the future of education in Washington and beyond.

President Kirk Schulz invites faculty, staff, and students to attend the 2024 State of the University address online or in person as he and Chancellor Paul Pitre reflect on the last year across the system and consider the opportunities ahead. Remarks will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Faculty Senate Chair Eric Shelden, who will pose questions submitted in advance as well as those asked during the address.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024
3:10 PM – 4:10 PM

WSU Everett
Tiered Lecture Hall

Watch Online (link TBD)


State of the University Archive

A closeup of President Schulz and Chancellor DeWald.

2023 State of the University

Wednesday, March 28, 2023

WSU President Kirk Schulz and WSU Spokane Chancellor and Executive Vice President delivered the 2023 State of the University event from the Spokane Academic Center on the WSU Spokane campus. The president’s remarks emphasized a commitment to Washington State University’s land-grant mission and highlighted key progress being made across the system to improve access to a quality education.

WSU President Kirk Schulz and WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Sandra Haynes

2022 State of the University

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

WSU President Kirk Schulz and WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Sandra Haynes delivered the 2022 State of the University event from the Collaboration Hall on the WSU Tri-Cities campus.

WSU President Kirk Schulz and WSU Provost Elizabeth Chilton sit in wingback chairs in front of a fireplace.

2021 State of the University

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

WSU President Kirk Schulz and WSU Provost Elizabeth Chilton delivered the 2021 State of the University event from the Lewis Alumni Centre.

WSU President Kirk Schulz

2020 State of the University

Friday, March 27, 2020

Students, faculty, and staff system-wide are invited to attend. WSU President Kirk Schulz will host the town hall and provide updates. Provost Bryan Slinker, Vice President of Student Affairs Mary Jo Gonzales, and Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer Theresa Elliot‑Cheslek will join the president to answer questions from the community.

Professor Donna Paul and President Kirk Schulz sit on stage with screen displaying State of the University.

2019 State of the University

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Washington State University is evolving to meet the future needs of an increasingly diverse and growing Pacific Northwest, WSU President Kirk Schulz said Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in his annual State of the University address.

WSU President Kirk Schulz talking in front of a State of the University sign.

2018 State of the University

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Reflecting on everything from record enrollment to major steps forward in advancing health care, Washington State University President Kirk Schulz on Tuesday praised the progress being made throughout the University system to transform education and improve lives.