PULLMAN, Wash. — Bruce R. Wright, interim head of Health and Wellness Services at Washington State University, has been appointed its permanent director.
Wright joined the WSU student health program in 1996 as university psychiatrist after two years in a similar capacity at the University of Idaho. He has been interim director at WSU since the resignation of Margaret Merrifield in 1997. He also is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and an adjunct professor in the Basic Medical Sciences, WAMI Program, for first year medical students.
A native of Twin Falls, Idaho, Wright graduated from the University of Utah in psychology in 1980 and earned his medical degree from Utah in 1990. He completed a residency in psychiatry at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. His previous professional appointments have included staff physician at hospitals in Claremont and Nashua, N.H., and program coordinator at the Decker Lake Youth Center, a Utah facility dealing with troubled youth.
K. J. “Gus” Kravas, vice provost for Student Affairs, announced Wright’s appointment and said, “Dr. Wright is especially well-suited for the director’s position. He is an excellent communicator, in addition to being very knowledgeable about the university community and its students. “