EVERETT, Wash. – Bob Drewel, an educational and political icon in Snohomish County for the past four decades, will serve as interim chancellor at what will become Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett. WSU President Elson S. Floyd announced the yearlong appointment today; it becomes effective April 15.
“Bob understands this region of the state and the needs of its residents better than just about anyone,” Floyd said. “He is a seasoned and highly skilled administrator known for his ability to collaborate to realize results.
“It is an honor to have someone of his caliber round out the leadership team at WSU North Puget Sound at Everett,” Floyd said. “His assistance will allow campus Dean Paul Pitre to focus on expanding and refining the academic programming offered at the center.”
WSU assumes management responsibilities for the current University Center North Puget Sound on July 1.
“I am delighted and honored to be part of WSU and this growing opportunity for college degrees in the community,” Drewel said. “We’ll grow this enormously important institution by working together as a community and with partners wherever we can find them. In the process, we’ll give more local talent the opportunity to thrive and be better prepared to stoke the economy of the future.”
Drewel retired in December after serving 10 years as executive director for Puget Sound Regional Council. Prior to that, he served three terms as Snohomish County executive and from 1984 to 1992 was president and CEO of Everett Community College.
He is president of the Washington Aerospace Partnership. He is a board member for the William D. Ruckelshaus Center, the Puget Sound Economic Development District, Washington Global Health Association, Providence Regional Medical Center, the Bank of Washington and the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition.
Kathy Barnard, WSU University Communications, 509-335-8055, firstname.lastname@example.org