PULLMAN, Wash. — A series of meetings with Washington State University
presidential candidate V. Lane Rawlins is planned for early next week on the
Pullman campus, with broadcast links to many sites across the state.

Rawlins, currently president of the University of Memphis (Tenn.), begins his
Pullman visit Tuesday, Feb. 8, with an 8:45-9:45 a.m. faculty forum set for Room
T101 of the Food Science and Human Nutrition Building.

The faculty forum will be broadcast over the Washington Higher Education
Telecommunication System to WSU Tri-Cities CIC 216; WSU Vancouver,
Room CL 131; and at three locations in Spokane: at WSU’s School of
Nursing/Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education, Room 214; at the
Metropolitan Financial Center Building, Room B107; and at SIRTI, Room 300,
at the Riverpoint campus. The forum also will be available from Grays Harbor
Community College, Room 453, in Aberdeen; Seattle Central Community
College, Room 1141A; Lower Columbia College’s Vocational Technical
Building, Room 111, in Longview; WSU Nursing Building, Room 111, on the
Yakima Valley Community College campus; and in Colville at the Stevens
County Learning Center, Room 106.

The candidate also will take time during the morning to meet with the Deans’
Council and then have lunch with graduate and undergraduate student body
officers. A forum with students is planned for 1:30-2:30 p.m. over WHETS from
FSHN T-101. Participating sites for the student forum include WSU Spokane at
MFC B-110, SIRTI 300, and ICNE 166; WSU Tri-Cities CIC 216; WSU
Vancouver CL 130; Lower Columbia College’s Vocational Building, Room 111,
in Longview; WSU’s Nursing Building, Room 111, on the YVCC campus in
Yakima; SCCC, Room 1141A, in Seattle; Grays Harbor College, Room 453, in
Aberdeen; Stevens County Learning Center, Room 106, in Colville; and
Wenatchee Valley College, Room 9105.

Rawlins will continue the WHETS conference with classified and
administrative/professional staff members from 2:45-3:45 p.m.

WHETS sites for the staff forum include WSU Spokane at MFC B-110, SIRTI
300, and ICNE 166; WSU Tri-Cities CIC 216; WSU Vancouver CL 130; WSU’s
Nursing Building, Room 111, on the YVCC campus in Yakima; SCCC, Room
1141A, in Seattle; Grays Harbor College, Room 453, in Aberdeen; and
Wenatchee Valley College, Room 9105.

The candidate will address the university and community at 4:45-5:30 p.m. from
the Compton Union Building Carey Ballroom with a reception planned for
5:30-7 p.m. in the CUB Junior Ballroom. His remarks also will be broadcast over
WHETS to WSU Spokane at MFC B-110, SIRTI 310, and ICNE 166; WSU
Tri-Cities CIC 216; WSU Vancouver CL 130; Lower Columbia College’s
Vocational Building, Room 111, in Longview; WSU’s Nursing Building, Room
111, on the YVCC campus in Yakima; and Stevens County Learning Center,
Room 106, in Colville.

On Wednesday, the candidate is scheduled to meet with the WSU branch
campus deans at WSU Vancouver. His three-day visit also will include informal
meetings with several faculty organization leaders, Seattle regents and the
news media.

WSU Board of Regents President Peter Goldmark, chair of the presidential
search committee, announced Thursday that Rawlins was the leading finalist
for the WSU president position.

Rawlins was a member of the WSU faculty economics faculty from 1968-82,
when he became WSU vice provost. In 1986, he left WSU to become vice
chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Alabama system, and in
1991 became University of Memphis president.

At this time, no other candidates are scheduled to make public, campus visits.

Note to reporters: A media availability will be held in Pullman over
WHETS from the Food Science and Human Nutrition
Building’s Room T-101 on Tuesday from 9:45-10:15 a.m.
Reporters at the following WHETS locations will be able to ask
questions to the presidential candidate: WSU Tri-Cities, Room
216; WSU Vancouver, Room CL 131; and WSU Spokane at
ICNE, Room 214, MFC, Room E107, and SIRTI, Room 300 at
the Riverpoint campus. Reporters also can join the press
conference from Grays Harbor Community College, Room 453,
in Aberdeen; Seattle Central Community College, Room
1141-A; Lower Columbia Community College’s Vocational
Building, Room 111, in Longview; WSU’s Nursing Building,
Room 111, on the YVCC campus in Yakima; Colville/Stevens
County Learning Center, Room 106; and numerous extension
centers across the state via satellite (with details to come).

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