PULLMAN, Wash. — Ross Coates, professor emeritus of fine arts at Washington State University, will serve as interim director of the WSU Museum of Art.

Coates takes over the post held by Dyana Curreri-Ermatinger, who left to become the director of the Fresno Art Museum.

A search for a permanent director will begin this fall.

Coates taught at various schools around New York City and in Uganda before coming to WSU in 1976. At WSU, he served several years as department chair and continued to distinguish himself as an artist and teacher.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Ross’ breadth and depth of experience and interest who is willing to serve in the director’s role until a permanent director is selected,” said Ron Hopkins, WSU provost.

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