SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington State University Chancellor Daryll DeWald will continue to lead the Spokane campus through June 2027 following a contract extension that also elevates him to executive vice president for health sciences. The extension takes effect Jan. 1.
“Dr. DeWald has proven himself a collaborative leader and strong supporter of the Spokane community over the past five years,” said WSU System President Kirk Schulz. “Notably, he has demonstrated a willingness to work with colleagues across the university system as well as with leaders within the diverse communities we serve.”
DeWald was appointed chancellor of the Spokane campus in 2017 and began serving as vice president of health sciences in 2019. He has led WSU Spokane during a time of growth and development for the campus and its affiliate colleges. Programs like the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences’ Rural Health Initiative and the College of Medicine’s Range Community Clinic debuted under his tenure. He also oversaw the launch of WSU’s SP3NW Life Sciences Incubator in 2020 and the full accreditation of the College of Medicine last year.
Additionally, DeWald’s tenured faculty status has been moved from the College of Arts and Sciences to the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. DeWald joined WSU in 2011 as dean of the then-WSU College of Sciences, supervising a merger that created the College of Arts and Sciences.
Prior to joining WSU, DeWald worked as a health science researcher, with time spent at Utah State University researching how lipids regulate cancer cell metastasis, among other projects. DeWald earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Wyoming as well as a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Texas A&M.