A WSU alumnus with more than 20 years of service to Washington counties, Murray takes over from outgoing director Chad Kruger, who has led the center since 2017.
WSU’s Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center will celebrate its centennial at two special events: an Oct. 2 opening ceremony featuring WSU dignitaries, and a family-friendly community celebration on Oct. 5.
Puyallup mayor and Coug alum John Palmer said the city wanted to show how much it appreciates the connection between WSU and Puyallup residents during Higher Education Appreciation Week, Sept. 23-28.
WSU Extension Pacific County director Kim Patten, who retires April 1, was honored for his work with pollinators.
Extension specialists with WSU Tree Fruit Extension and Oregon State University will lead this year’s Cherry Fruit School, to be offered in four locations.
Thirty‑five faculty members were granted tenure this year and dozens more received promotions.
The donation will allow WSU and USDA scientists to enhance and update WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension’s postharvest research facilities and equipment.
Carolina Torres, a horticulturist and WSU alumna, has been named the university’s first Endowed Chair in Tree Fruit Postharvest Systems.
Khot and his team also will look at new organic products like plant extracts and highly refined petroleum oils.
WSU economist Karina Gallardo has had a banner year, topped off by being elected as the president of the Food Distribution Research Society.