PULLMAN, Wash. — An attorney working for Washington State University’s Center for Human Rights will serve as that office’s interim director beginning Jan. 28.

Margaret Judith (Judy) Krueger replaces center director Deborah Love, who will serve as the Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equal Opportunity at University of Southern Florida in Tampa, Fla.

Love has served as director for the center for more than five years and will be difficult to replace, said Felicia Gaskins, associate vice provost for Human Relations and Diversity at WSU.

“When (Love) came here, our university was involved in a number of lawsuits and received a number of complaints about the working environment,” Gaskins says. “She’s worked very hard to get us through affirmative action audits and really put that office and WSU on firm footing. She’s leaving us much better than she found us.”

Love has reached out to others in the community and leaders around the state. She recently wrote a document that outlines WSU’s commitment to affirmative action, equal employment opportunity and diversity, Gaskins adds.

Krueger has an extensive history in federal government and employment/equal employment opportunity law. Before moving to Pullman in 1997, she worked as associate counsel and counsel for the Defense Distribution Depot (Defense Logistics Agency) in Memphis, Tenn. She also served as an administrative judge for the Merit Systems Protection Board in Chicago.

She graduated from Villanova University’s Law School in 1970 and received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

“(Krueger) has worked quietly and diligently at the Center for Human Rights, and those of us who know Judy have a great deal of respect for her,” Gaskins says. “We are so pleased and fortunate she has agreed to take on this role.”

A search committee hopes to select a permanent replacement by July 1.