PULLMAN, Wash. — Mary Wack, dean of Washington State University Honors College, announced the appointment of Thomas H. Sanders as director of development for the college.

Sanders joined WSU in 1983 as director of University Publications and Printing and the WSU Press. During his tenure at OUPP, the unit won numerous awards, the most recent being the International Printing Management Association Excellence Award for 2000. This award recognizes an in-plant publishing organization for consistent production of quality published materials and customer service. During the past 18 years, the WSU Press published more than 125 titles relating to the history and culture of the Pacific Northwest and won numerous awards.

Most recently Sanders served as executive assistant to the vice president for advancement, providing support for special projects, including coordinating the communications and public relations plan for the university’s proposed co-generation power plant.

During his 30 years in higher education, Sanders has served as publications manager for the University of California, Riverside, and director of university publications and the OSU Press for Oregon State University.

A Pullman City Council member, Sanders served as mayor pro-tem in Pullman, as well as on various city, county and regional commissions. His wide civic involvement will be an asset in his new role in the Honors College. Dean Wack said Sanders’s scholarly and practical background in design and publishing will benefit the college as it increases its visibility through recruitment and advancement activities.

“I have worked with Tom for many years through the WSU Press Editorial Board. I am very pleased to welcome someone of Tom’s experience and professionalism to the team in Honors,” said Wack. “His long connection with WSU and the Palouse area will be tremendous assets in his advancement activities for the Honors College.”