WSU’s newest chancellor, vice presidents and dean will be recognized by President Kirk Schulz in a Crimson Coat Ceremony set for Oct. 19.

Those being honored at the ceremony, which is open to the entire WSU community, include:

  • Daryll DeWald, who became chancellor of WSU Spokane on Sept. 1 after serving as dean at the College of Arts & Sciences. DeWald is an experienced academic leader and professor with a strong research background in cell biology and biochemistry. He replaced Lisa Brown, a former state Senate majority leader who as chancellor from 2013 to this past August oversaw establishment WSU’s new medical school.
  • Mary Jo Gonzales, vice president for student affairs. Gonzales earned a Master’s degree in communications and a doctoral degree in education at WSU and returned in her new role Feb. 6. She previously served as assistant vice president and dean of students at University of Rhode Island.
  • Stacy Pearson, vice president for finance and administration. Prior to joining WSU on March 1, Pearson served in a similar role at Boise State University for 12 years.
  • Phil Weiler, vice president for marketing and communications. Weiler assumed the new role on May 1 and brings more than 26 years of experience in a variety of executive marketing, strategic communication and public relations positions within higher education, the corporate sector and government.
  • Mary Rezac, dean of Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. Rezac joined WSU on July 1 and previously served as a professor of chemical engineering and director of the Major Grant Initiatives program within the College of Engineering at Kansas State University.
Daryll DeWald, Mary Jo Gonzales, Stacy Pearson, Phil Weiler, Mary Rezac
Left to right, top row: Daryll DeWald, Mary Jo Gonzales, Stacy Pearson
bottom row:Phil Weiler, Mary Rezac

The ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at Martin Stadium’s Suite Building on the Club Level, floor 2. Beverages and light refreshments will be served.