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Search committee named for executive vice president for finance and administration

Faculty, staff, and student representatives from across the WSU system have been pulled together to form a 16-member search committee that will direct the search for an executive vice president for finance and administration.

The role will expand upon the duties and responsibilities held by Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer Stacy Pearson. Pearson, who started at WSU in 2017, will be retiring at the end of this year. 

The search will be chaired by Sandra Haynes, WSU Tri-Cities chancellor, and Jill McCluskey, Regents Professor and School of Economic Sciences director. The goal is to announce an executive vice president by January 1, 2023. 

The search committee includes:


  • Sandra Haynes
    Chancellor, WSU Tri-Cities
  • Jill McCluskey
    Regents Professor, College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
    Director of School of Economic Sciences

Committee members

  • Kasi Balmforth
    Talent management administrator, WSU Foundation
  • Todd Butler
    Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Doug Call
    Regents Professor, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health
    Chair, WSU Faculty Senate
  • Dave Cillay
    Chancellor, WSU Global
    Vice president of Academic Outreach and Innovation
  • Mark Leid
    Dean, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Colleen Kerr
    Vice president of External Affairs and Government Relations
    Chief legislative officer
  • Isaac Marroquin
    Vice president, ASWSU Tri-Cities
  • Anne McCoy
    Senior associate athletic director, Athletics
  • Vicky Murray
    Executive director, Finance and Administration
  • Saichi Oba
    Vice provost for Enrollment Management
  • Jenny Chambers-Taube
    Vice chancellor for Finance and Operations, WSU Vancouver
  • Ellen Taylor
    Interim vice president/vice chancellor for Student Affairs
  • Lynne Varner
    Associate vice chancellor, WSU Everett
    Chief of staff, WSU Everett
  • Olivia Yang
    Associate vice president, Facilities Services

Staff support and ex officio advisory members

  • Ginger Druffel
    Senior executive assistant to the president, Office of the President
  • Theresa Elliott-Cheslek
    Vice president of Human Resource Services
    Chief human resource officer

The recruiting firm of Isaacson, Miller will aid the search committee in identifying possible candidates for the position. Additional details will be announced in the months to come.

Questions about the search may be directed to

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