PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University President Lane Rawlins
announced Monday four interim appointments for administrative posts
including provost and academic vice president, vice president for University
Advancement, vice president for Extended University Affairs and director of
the WSU Libraries.
All of the appointments are effective July 1.
Ronald H. Hopkins, provost at San Diego State University for seven years and
a former WSU vice provost and acting provost, will return to WSU to become
interim provost. He retired from SDSU in 1998.
Sally Savage, now vice president for administration and university counsel,
will serve as interim vice president for University Advancement.
Muriel Oaks, associate vice president for Extended University Affairs, will
serve as interim vice president for the division.
Mary Doyle, director of Information Technology since 1997, will also serve as
interim director of the WSU Libraries.
As part of the changes, University Relations, News and Information Services,
and University Publications, Printing and the WSU Press will move from EUA
to Advancement. The vice president for administration position is expected to
remain unfilled, and a different reporting line for Human Relations and
Resources will be determined.
“I am very pleased that these individuals have agreed to serve in these posts
during the coming academic year while we review and realign WSU’s
administrative structure and conduct national searches where appropriate,”
President Rawlins said. “All four of these individuals have substantial records
of academic leadership.
“On behalf of the university community, I want to thank Rom Markin for
stepping in as interim provost during the past five months,” he added.
Rawlins said Markin has requested to return to the classroom this fall. A
long-time marketing professor at WSU, Markin completed a 15-year tenure as
dean of WSU’s College of Business and Economics in 1995.
“I had pledged to serve as interim provost for no more than a year, and a
national search for a new provost will most likely stretch beyond December of
this year,” Markin said. “My only regret at stepping down now is not having
the chance to work closely with President Rawlins in the months ahead. It is
going to be an exciting time for WSU.”
Hopkins joined the WSU psychology department in 1969, serving as chair of
the department from 1978 to 1986 when he was named vice provost. He
replaced Rawlins, who became vice chancellor for academic affairs for the
University of Alabama system. In May 1990, Hopkins was named interim
provost when Al Yates left to become president of Colorado State University.
He served as provost at San Diego State University from 1991-98. Hopkins
holds master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from the University of
Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Iowa State University.
Savage has been at WSU since 1977, starting with the Washington Attorney
General’s Office and rising to senior assistant attorney general and WSU
division chief. In 1990, she became university counsel and chief of staff for the
WSU President’s Office. She continued to fill those roles while also serving as
vice president for administration, starting in February 1999. University
Advancement, including the WSU Foundation and the WSU Alumni
Association, also have reported to Savage since the vice president position
became vacant in the summer of 1999. She earned her bachelor’s degree in
political science and history from Macalester College in Minnesota, and her
law degree from the University of Idaho.
Oaks earned her doctoral degree in vocational education and her master’s
degree in curriculum and instruction, both from WSU, and her bachelor’s
degree in medical technology from the University of Idaho. She has been at
WSU in various posts since 1975. She became director of WSU’s Extended
University Services, including Extended Degree Programs, in 1993, and
associate vice president in 1998.
Doyle has broad experience in technology management and strategic planning
in higher education and private industry. She came to WSU from the
University of California at Santa Barbara, where she was assistant provost in
the College of Letters and Sciences. She had worked previously in the Office of
Institutional Analysis at Arizona State University. She holds her doctoral
degree in educational leadership from UC Santa Barbara and bachelor’s and
master’s degrees in business administration from Arizona State.