WSU Tri-Cities appoints council to support growth

RICHLAND — The newly appointed Advisory Council for Washington State University Tri-Cities held its first meeting Thursday, March 15.

The members were appointed by WSU President V. Lane Rawlins. Richland attorney Tom Cowan is the chairman.

Advisory Council members were briefed by WSU Tri-Cities campus administrators on issues including the upcoming first freshman class and the ongoing efforts to secure legislative funding for increased student enrollment and bioproducts research. The meeting also included approving the Advisory Council bylaws and signing up for one of three committees: Development; Government and Community Relations; and Faculty, Alumni and Student Affairs.

According to the bylaws, the group¹s purpose is to foster closer ties between Washington State University Tri-Cities, its alumni, the community and the region by acting as a community builder, serving as a resource and advocating for the campus.

The Advisory Council plans to meet monthly. The members are:
– Carl Adrian, president and CEO, Tri-City Development Council;
– Frank Armijo, program director and general manager, Lockheed Martin;
– Jack Briggs, former publisher, Tri-City Herald;
Vicky Carwein, chancellor, WSU Tri-Cities (ex-officio);
– Tom Cowan, attorney, Cowan, Moore, Stam & Luke Law Firm;
Fran Forgette, WSU Board of Regents (ex-officio);
– Rufus M. Friday, publisher, Tri-City Herald;
– George Garlick, president and CEO, George Garlick Enterprises;
– Vicki Gordon, owner, Gordon Brothers Family Vineyards;
– Kris Johnson, president and CEO, Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce;
– Michael Kluse, interim director, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory;
Valoria Loveland, director, Washington State Department of Agriculture;
– Greg Markel, president and owner, Washington Securities and Investment Company, Inc.;
– Wayne Martin, Board of Trustees, Columbia Basin College;
– Ray Robinson, president and CEO, RKR, Incorporated;
– Mike Schwenk, vice president and director of commercial partnerships, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory;
– Rand Wortman, president and CEO, Kadlec Medical Center;
– Cindy Zehnder, president and CEO, TV Washington.

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