Washington State University has selected 24 individuals to guide the search process for the university’s next provost.

The search committee includes broad representation from across the WSU system and will be led by WSU Vice President for Academic Outreach and Innovation David Cillay.

The committee membership includes:

  • Dave Cillay

    vice president, academic outreach and innovation
    Global Campus (chair)

  • Erica Austin

    vice provost, Office of the Provost
    professor, Murrow College of Communication

  • Greg Crouch

    chair elect, faculty senate
    clinical professor, College of Arts and Sciences

  • Amir Gilmore

    president, Graduate and Professional Student Association
    doctoral student, College of Education

  • Mary Jo Gonzales

    vice president, Student Affairs

  • Paula Groves-Price

    associate dean for diversity and international programs
    professor, College of Education

  • Sandra Haynes

    chancellor, WSU Tri‑Cities

  • Kim Holapa

    associate vice president, University Advancement

  • Chip Hunter

    dean, Carson College of Business

  • Max Kirk

    associate professor, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

  • Richard Koenig

    associate dean & director, WSU Extension
    professor and interim chair, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

  • Philip Lazarus

    Boeing distinguished professor
    chair, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, WSU Spokane

  • Mel Netzhammer

    chancellor, WSU Vancouver

  • Anne Mason

    clinical associate professor and DNP director, College of Nursing

  • Anne McCoy

    deputy director of athletics, Intercollegiate Athletics

  • Katrina Mealey

    associate dean for research
    professor, College of Veterinary Medicine

  • Sita Pappu

    assistant vice president of commercialization, Office of Research

  • Paul Pitre

    chancellor, WSU Everett

  • Mary Rezac

    dean, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

  • Ken Roberts

    vice dean for academic and community partnerships
    professor, College of Medicine, WSU Spokane

  • Savannah Rogers

    president, Associated Students of Washington State University
    undergraduate student, Murrow College of Communication

  • Casey St. Clair

    assistant director for business services, Controller’s Office

  • Samantha Swindell

    associate dean for assessment and curriculum
    clinical professor, College of Arts and Sciences

  • Tom Tripp

    senior associate dean for academic affairs
    professor, College of Business, WSU Vancouver

Nominations for committee membership were sought from WSU leadership, the university’s deans, and the Faculty Senate. A slate of nominees was presented to President Kirk Schulz, who made the final choices.

“The committee reflects a broad and diverse cross‑section of the WSU community statewide, including faculty, staff, students and institutional leadership,” said Cillay.

Those who are interested in providing feedback about the search or looking to stay up to date on the progress can visit the provost search website.

The goal is to have a successor to Daniel J. Bernardo appointed by the end of the upcoming spring semester. Bernardo, who announced Dec. 3 he is stepping down, has agreed to remain on the job until his successor is selected. He then will serve in a part‑time position as special advisor to Schulz.

The provost serves as WSU’s chief academic officer, overseeing instruction and the hiring of WSU’s faculty and deans. WSU has hired the executive recruiting firm of Issacson, Miller to assist in identifying potential candidates.