PULLMAN, Wash. — Marshall Mitchell, director of Washington State University’s Disability Resource Center, will attend his first meeting next week as a member of the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment.
Mitchell, a quadriplegic who has been at WSU since 1990, learned of his appointment by Gov. Gary Locke to the committee for a three-year term in a Jan. 12 telephone call from a governor’s office representative.
The committee advises Gov. Locke on disability issues, initiates projects to address specific issues, offers training to individuals and organizations, conducts workshops and conferences, and publishes disability-related materials, Mitchell said.
His initial committee activity is a new member orientation Jan. 19 in Olympia. On Jan. 20 he will attend his first meeting. That evening he will take part in a committee reception with legislators.
Mitchell said he hopes to “bring my experience to the committee about issues concerning people with disabilities, including students, staff and faculty in higher education, and to help, as a member of one of the committee’s subcommittees, improve the quality for life of people with disabilities in our state.”