WSU Regents name Presidential Search Advisory Committee

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State University Board of Regents on Friday approved a 25-member advisory committee to help in the search for WSU’s 11th president.

Board Chair Ryan Durkan reiterated the board’s goal to appoint a committee that is “manageable in size and includes members from a wide variety of backgrounds, expertise, and perspectives, including individuals from major university constituencies.”

“We have a lot of work in front of us, but I think we are really off to a great start,” Durkan said.

More information about the search for a successor to the late WSU President Elson S. Floyd, who died June 20, is available at

In other business, the board approved construction of the WSU North Puget Sound at Everett Academic Building project. Groundbreaking for that building is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22.

The members of the WSU Presidential Search Advisory Committee are:

Michael C. Worthy, Chair

Member, Board of Regents, Washington State University

Alumnus, WSU Class of 1977

Co-founder, President, and CEO, WW Payment Systems, Inc.


Jennifer Adam

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Associate Director, State of Washington Water Research Center

Steven Ashby

Director, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Annette Barton

Maintenance Mechanic 3, Facilities Operations

Duane Brelsford

President and Managing Member, Corporate Pointe Developers

Secretary, WSU Foundation Board of Governors

Alumnus, WSU Class of 1981

Daryll DeWald

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Professor, School of Biological Sciences

Larry Hanson

Publisher Emeritus, The Everett Herald

Dylan Heyne

Senior, Pre-Law and Psychology

Director, University Affairs, Associated Students of Washington State University

Laura M. Jennings

Member, Board of Regents, Washington State University

Founder and CEO, Knack

Colleen Kerr

Vice President, External Affairs and Government Relations

Mike King

Second Vice President, WSU Alumni Association

Member, WSU Foundation Board of Trustees

Alumnus, WSU Class of 2006

Vice President, Kidder Mathews

Debbie Lee

Lewis E. and Stella G. Buchanan Distinguished Professor of English

Lucila Loera

Assistant Vice President, Access, Equity, and Achievement

Anne McCoy

Deputy Director and Senior Woman Administrator, Intercollegiate Athletics

Mel Netzhammer

Chancellor, WSU Vancouver

Guy Palmer

The Creighton Chair and Senior Director, Global Health

Regents’ Professor, Pathology and Infectious Diseases

Donna Paul

Associate Professor, Finance and Management Science

Academic Director, Business Programs

Gary Pollack

Dean, College of Pharmacy

Professor, Experiential and Systems Pharmacology

Lura J. Powell

Vice Chair, Board of Regents, Washington State University

Former Chair, Washington State Life Sciences Discovery Fund

Paula Groves Price

Associate Professor, Teaching and Learning

Associate Dean, Diversity and International Programs, College of Education

Kenneth Roberts

Acting Dean, College of Medical Sciences

Professor, School of Molecular Biosciences

Hayley Statema

Senior, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Mikal Thomsen

Member, WSU Foundation Board of Governors

Alumnus, WSU Class of 1979

Partner, Triology Equity Partners

Melanie Thornton

Doctoral student, Environmental and Natural Resources

President, Graduate and Professional Student Association, Washington State University

Richard Zack

Professor, Associate Entomologist and Extension Specialist

Director, M.T. James Entomological Collection

Alumnus, WSU Class of 1982 (Ph.D.)


Kathy Barnard, University Communications, (509) 335-8055,

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