Presidential Search Advisory Committee finalized

Washington State University Cougars logo.

On June 21, Board of Regents Chair Lisa Keohokalole Schauer appointed 21 members from the WSU community to serve on the advisory committee that will help select the university’s next president.

After careful consideration of over 150 applications, the regents presiding over the presidential search advisory committee recommended the following individuals to the committee:

  • Jenette Ramos
    Vice chair, WSU Board of Regents
    Chair, Presidential Search Advisory Committee
  • Brett Blankenship
    Regent, WSU Board of Regents
  • Enrique Cerna
    Regent, WSU Board of Regents
  • Lura Powell
    Regent, WSU Board of Regents
  • Ajay Barman
    President, Graduate Student, Graduate & Professional Student Association
  • Leslie Brunelli
    Executive vice president, Finance and Administration
    Chief financial officer
  • Cory Duskin
    Member, WSU Everett Advisory Committee
  • John Harrison
    Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor, School of Environment
  • Sandra Haynes
    Chancellor, WSU Tri-Cities
  • Jennifer Hyatt
    Associate vice chancellor, Student Affairs
    Dean of Students
  • Lisa King
    Past board chair, WSU Foundation Board of Directors
  • Sharon Mail Kanichy
    Executive assistant, Tribal Relations
  • Jill McCluskey
    Regents Professor and director, School of Economic Sciences
  • Courtney Meehan
    Interim dean, College of Arts and Science
  • Chris Mulick
    Senior director, State Relations
  • Parjot Pawar
    President, Associated Students of WSU Tri-Cities
  • Bruce Pinkleton
    Dean, Edward R. Murrow College of Communicaton
  • Rafael Pruneda
    Program manager, WSU Tri-Cities Bridges Program
  • Jim Record
    Dean, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
  • Edmund Schweitzer
    Founder, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
  • Eric Shelden
    Past chair, WSU Faculty Senate
    Associate professor, School of Molecular Biosciences
  • Leah Sheppard
    Associate professor and associate dean, Carson College of Business
  • Dan Teuteberg
    Director, Grays Harbor and Mason County Extension
  • Ike Ukaegbu
    Deputy director, Athletics
  • Michael Wolcott
    Regents Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Interim vice president, Research

The newly appointed committee members represent many of the WSU community  groups that have a vested interest in the success of Washington State University; including students, faculty, staff, community leaders, alumni, and donors from across the state and the system.

“We are grateful for the extensive and sincere responsiveness of the university’s shared governance and our state-wide community partners,” said Jenette Ramos, vice chair of the Board of Regents and chair of the presidential search advisory committee. “We ultimately reached a composition of distinct experiences that collectively represents the breadth of Washington State University, and I look forward to working alongside these exemplary individuals. All voices are valued and we encourage everyone to participate in the public engagement process starting in late August.”

With the appointment of the 21 new members, Schauer noted, “This is a monumental step toward ensuring that WSU is able to build on our existing momentum as we select our next President to lead us in achieving our land grant mission.”

The Cougar Pride statue at the WSU Pullman campus.

A message from Regents Schauer and Ramos about the committee’s formation was shared with faculty, staff and students system-wide.

Next steps

The next steps in the search include onboarding the search advisory committee and soliciting the university community and affiliates of WSU for feedback on the president leadership profile that will be used to attract potential candidates to the role.

The draft leadership profile — developed based on the input from the faculty, staff, and students earlier this spring as well as the Board of Regents in early June — will be presented during a series of listening sessions that will take place at the start of the fall semester.

The listening session schedule and the draft profile will be made available on the presidential search website in the coming weeks. Any inquiries regarding the search and the search process can be directed to

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