Bryan K. Slinker, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University, has been appointed to an expanded role as vice provost for health sciences, Provost and Executive Vice President Warwick M. Bayly and WSU Spokane Chancellor Brian L. Pitcher announced Tuesday.  With Slinker’s appointment, Chancellor Pitcher transfers the title and responsibility the chancellor has held since Summer 2007. 

“We believe that Bryan Slinker’s background as both a biomedical researcher and administrator make him an excellent choice to lead WSU’s expanding health sciences efforts university-wide,” Bayly said.  Dean Slinker’s college is academic home for a number of the university’s outstanding health science researchers, including the leaders of the Sleep and Performance Research Center. “This appointment is another step in the strategic development of WSU’s health science programs, 

Brian Pitcher

especially those focused on the Spokane campus that will become a major center for health sciences research and education for WSU and the region,” Pitcher said.

Slinker will place a particular focus on identifying and developing areas of emphasis and excellence in health and life science research at WSU, including strategic connections among the research and graduate education programs across the four WSU campuses.  “I am very fortunate to be able to continue to work closely with Dr. Pitcher, other WSU academic leaders, and regional stakeholders as we seek to better serve the region by developing strong programs that address national needs regarding health care workforce preparation, health care delivery and access, and advances in biomedical and health services research,” Slinker said.


Bryan Slinker
Slinker, a professor of Veterinary and
Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology, received his bachelor’s degree in zoology from the College of Idaho in 1976, and his D.V.M. and doctoral degrees from Washington State University in 1980 and 1982, respectively. He returned to join the faculty of WSU in 1992, after serving as an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.  He was named interim dean of the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine in November 2008 and accepted the position on a permanent basis in February.