VANCOUVER, Wash. – More than 200 people celebrated Washington State University Vancouver Chancellor H.A. “Hal” Dengerink’s 42-year career with WSU at an Aug. 23 retirement party.

Video by Matt Haugen, WSU News

Floyd also bestowed on Dengerink the title of chancellor emeritus – the first use of that title in WSU’s history.


Dengerink began his WSU career in 1969 as a psychology faculty member in Pullman. He has led the Vancouver campus since it was established in 1989.

Dengerink with former WSU President V. Lane Rawlins at the WSU
Vancouver celebration.
“Hal epitomizes everything WSU is all about,” said Floyd. “He has spent his career making sure that we extend the reach and footprint of our university in ways that are collaborative, in ways that are productive and in ways that make a significant difference.”

Dengerink and his wife have established the Dr. H.A. “Hal” and Joan Dengerink Endowed Fellowship to help students who wish to continue their education beyond a bachelor’s degree. The fund will support scholarships for graduate students from any discipline, with a preference given to students actively working with faculty on research.
Community members may honor Dengerink by contributing to that fund. Learn more by visiting or by calling 360-546-9600.
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