PULLMAN, Wash. — A Washington State University administrator was recently elected to lead the primary professional organization for continuing education in the nation.

Muriel Oaks, dean of Extended University Services at WSU, will serve as president-elect of the University of Continuing Education Association beginning this summer. She will become president in April 2003.

“This position is exciting because I can not only be involved in the national dialogue – I can help set the tone of the discussion,” Oaks said.

Oaks is only the second person from the Northwest to serve as president in the association’s history.

The association is committed to making higher education available to everyone and to ensuring programs and services address societal needs and economic trends. The group also provides national leadership in support of policies that advance workforce and professional development, according to its Web site.