PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University President Samuel Smith today announced interim leadership appointments for the Business Affairs division effective April 1.
Ernest Renfro has been named interim vice president of Business Affairs, and Greg Royer, executive director of Budget and Planning, will assume interim administrative responsibilities for the Facilities Management Group.
Sallie Giffen, who has served as vice president of Business Affairs since 1992, is retiring from the university.
“The university is extremely fortunate to have individuals with the knowledge and experience of Ernie Renfro and Greg Royer to provide leadership for these areas while the search continues for a permanent vice president for Business Affairs,” President Smith said.
Renfro, assistant vice president and controller, served as interim vice president following the resignation of G.A. “Jay” Hartford in 1991. He came to WSU in 1979 as accounting manager and was appointed controller in 1982 following a national search. He was named assistant vice president, finance, in 1983.
Units reporting to Renfro include Public Safety, Environmental Health and Safety, Internal Audit, Housing and Dining Services, Benefits and Risk Management, Material Resource Services, Procedures and Forms, and Compton Union Building.
Royer will have interim administrative responsibility for Facilities Development, Facilities Operations and Facility Administrative Services. Throughout his 28 year career with WSU, he has been involved in facilities operations and capital budget development. He has been an assistant to the director of facilities planning and assistant director of the physical plant, before being appointed assistant provost for budget and planning in 1986.

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