PULLMAN, Wash. — The Admissions Office suite in the Lighty Student Services Building at Washington State University will be dedicated in honor of Stan Berry, who served as an admissions officer for the university for 33 years, 22 as director.
A public reception and dedication ceremony are planned for 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in Lighty Room 405.
The admissions office was relocated from the French Administration Building to the Lighty building after its completion in 1996.
A WSU graduate, Berry was Colville High School principal in 1955 when he was recruited to become WSU’s associate director of admissions. He was appointed director in 1966 and served until his retirement in 1988. He was awarded the WSU Alumni Achievement Award in 1992.
During Berry’s tenure, the university experienced unprecedented growth. Enrollment increased from 5,000 students in 1955 to 17,500 students in 1980.
He held the presidency and various leadership roles in both the Pacific and American associations of collegiate registrars and admissions officers.
Berry convened the first organizational meeting of the Washington Council on High School-College Relations, officially established in 1957. At the time it was the first group in the country comprised of representatives of public and private schools and colleges formed to deal with mutual concerns about preparation and admission to college.
He was active throughout his career in international education and still assists WSU on admission of international students.