Dengerink leads move to campus autonomy

Washington State University President V. Lane Rawlins has named Hal Dengerink, campus executive officer and dean for WSU Vancouver, as special assistant to the president, to work on the recently announced recommendations for WSU’s newer campuses. He will fill the position on a half-time basis while continuing his Vancouver campus leadership role.

“Hal Dengerink is a natural choice to work with me and Provost Robert Bates on this over the next two years, given his long service as a faculty member and administrator on the Pullman campus and his influential leadership of the WSU Vancouver campus,” Rawlins said. “He is one of the architects of the recommendations to move toward a WSU system from the branch campus concept.”

In January, Rawlins briefed the Board of Regents on recommendations giving the Spokane, Tri-Cities and Vancouver campuses more autonomy to develop academic programs to meet the needs of their areas.

Some 3,750 of WSU’s 22,000 students are enrolled at the three newer campuses, established by the Legislature in 1989. Dengerink has been dean at Vancouver since 1989, serving previously as associate dean of the then-named College of Sciences and Arts and as director of the Clinical Psychology Training Program. He joined the WSU in 1969.

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