Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to register by Tuesday, April 30 for the May 7 system‑wide symposium focused on the future of WSU and the nation’s land‑grant institutions.

The symposium will set the stage for discussions and planning efforts that lead to the creation of a comprehensive 5‑year strategic plan in the coming months that addresses the future of the entire WSU system of campuses and locations.

The Ohio State University faculty member Stephen Gavazzi will deliver the keynote address and lead a series of dialogues focused on the need for land‑grants to evolve to maintain their relevancy and value to the public. Gavazzi is coauthor of the recently published book Land‑Grant Universities for the Future.

WSU President Kirk Schulz will make opening remarks, and faculty and administrators including Kathleen McAteer, Colleen Kerr, Celestina Barbosa Leiker, Donna Paul and Guy Palmer will participate in panel discussions. The symposium will take on the Pullman campus but it will be livestreamed for group viewing at each campus or individual viewing wherever there is a reliable internet connection.

Among the questions panelists and symposium attendees will address:

  • How is WSU evolving to meet the future needs of the state of Washington?
  • How should the University balance the pursuit of an enhanced national reputation with a strong focus on serving as Washington’s land‑grant university?
  • What does the future of public higher education look like—and how can WSU secure its place as a leader in delivering a public university education and student success?