Elizabeth Chilton’s transition to Pullman chancellor effective Jan. 1

Closeup of Elizabeth Chilton standing outdoors on the WSU Pullman campus.
Provost and Executive Vice President Elizabeth Chilton. Photo by Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services.

Provost and Executive Vice President Elizabeth Chilton will begin taking on parts of her additional role as chancellor of WSU Pullman several months ahead of schedule, WSU President Kirk Schulz announced Tuesday.

In July, Chilton was named chancellor designate with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2022. She will instead begin transitioning into the role Jan. 1, taking on more of the operational leadership responsibilities of the campus, including emergency response management in collaboration with Vice President Stacy Pearson and Associate Vice President and Executive Director of Public Safety Bill Gardner. The move will allow Schulz additional time to advocate on behalf of the university with legislators and donors.

“In the coming months, I’m looking forward to spending more time garnering support for the WSU system,” Schulz said in an email to faculty and staff. “In addition to traveling more, I will be working out of WSU Spokane for a portion of each month and hope to do the same at all of our campuses as we continue through our OneWSU evolution.”

Chilton, in an email to Pullman campus faculty and staff on Wednesday, said she’s honored to be taking on the role of inaugural chancellor for the Pullman campus.

“Because of the breadth of the dual position of provost and chancellor, we intend to engage in a highly deputized structure, with delegated authority where appropriate in order to maintain timely and effective support and leadership,” she wrote. “The establishment of a leadership and organizational structure for WSU Pullman will be a process that unfolds over the next couple of years, and I am excited to go on that journey will all of you.”

Schulz’s message as well as Chilton’s message are both available to read in full online.

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