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Hospitality announcesnew interim director
April 23, 2008

PULLMAN – The WSU College of Business has announced that Darrel Muehling will head the School of Hospitality Business Management as interim director following the retirement of Terry Umbreit, who has lead the department for 24 years. The new leadership change will take effect in June.

Muehling, who has been with the CB since 1985 and has served as chair of the Department of Marketing since 1997, will work with the college administrators to ensure that the leadership transition is smooth and seamless for students and faculty. His experience as a leader within the college will help provide continuity while the hospitality school initiates the … » More …

Whitney to serveas interim dean
March 21, 2008

PULLMAN – Paul Whitney, associate dean and professor of psychology with the WSU College of Liberal Arts has accepted the post of interim dean of the college effective August 16.

“I am very pleased that Dr. Whitney, an outstanding scholar and administrator, has accepted the challenge of leading the College of Liberal Arts,” said Robert C. Bates, WSU provost and executive vice president. “Our world-class faculty and excellent academic programs continue to bring more visibility to the College of Liberal Arts and Dr. Whitney’s experience and commitment will be of great assistance in guiding our ambitious course.”

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Baker moves to UI; Wack adds new role
August 19, 2005

Mary Wack, dean of the university’s Honors College, has been named the interim director for the Office of Undergraduate Education. Wack will continue to serve as dean. The role of director of undergraduate education was previously held on an interim basis by Doug Baker, vice provost for academic affairs, as part of the initial implementation of the university’s strategic plan. Baker this summer accepted the job of provost and executive vice president at the University of Idaho.“I’m looking forward to this opportunity to advance and integrate the many initiatives under way regarding undergraduate education,” said Wack. “I expect to hire a permanent director as part … » More …

Tate to continue as VP for equity, diversity
April 8, 2005

Michael J. Tate, who became interim vice president for equity and diversity for Washington State University in September 2004, has agreed to remain in the position on a permanent basis. “Our regents, our internal administration and many other groups have been deeply impressed with the vigor, energy and expertise in community building that Dr. Tate has applied to this position and with the early results,” President V. Lane Rawlins said. “We are clearly developing momentum and commitment under Dr. Tate’s leadership, but there is much work to be done before the area is fully organized. Therefore, I am asking Dr. Tate to remain in this … » More …

New diversity chief sets up shop
October 15, 2004

There is much work to do and little time to waste. That is the perspective that Michael Tate, interim vice president for Equity and Diversity, is taking as he begins to orchestrate diversity efforts at Washington State University. Tate was appointed by President V. Lane Rawlins to fill a new position aimed at strengthening WSU’s diversity programs and activities.”Recognizing and appreciating the diversity in our culture is an important ingredient in quality higher education,” Rawlins said. “The new position of vice president for Equity and Diversity was created to help us identify the necessary steps we must take to be a recognized leader in promoting … » More …

WSU accreditation reaffirmed with 5-year interim report
July 19, 2004

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities has reaffirmed Washington State University’s accreditation on the basis of its spring 2004 visit and interim evaluation report, which compliments the university for progress in several areas.

A complete 24-page copy of the NWCCU study is on available in PDF format on the provost’s website at announcement was made in a letter received from Sandra Elman, NWCCU executive director, who congratulated WSU President V. Lane Rawlins on the preliminary reaffirmation of the university’s accreditation by the commission, which was based on on-campus assessments and a summary of … » More …

Equity, diversity interim vice president named
June 30, 2004

Michael J. Tate, the dean and director of Washington State University Extension, (photo left) was named on June 30 the interim vice president for equity and diversity. Tate will assume his new duties Sept. 1.”Mike Tate brings an outstanding combination of higher education experience and institutional knowledge to this job. I am pleased he has agreed to take on the task and I am confident that he is the right person to move this important effort forward,” said WSU President V. Lane Rawlins.Rawlins announced the creation of the new vice presidential position in May. He said the position would take a leadership role in increasing diversity … » More …

Lovrich named interim chancellor of WSU Spokane
June 24, 2004

Nicholas P. Lovrich, the Claudius O. and Mary W. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Washington State University, has been appointed interim chancellor of WSU Spokane, succeeding Rom Markin (see related article), who is retiring June 30.

Lovrich has served as director of the Division of Governmental Studies and Services at WSU for 25 years. The division provides applied research services to agencies of federal, state and local government, promotes faculty and graduate student research and publishes reports and produces manuscripts for publication in professional journals in political science and criminal justice.

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Erich Lear named interim dean of Liberal Arts
June 18, 2004

Erich J. Lear has accepted the post of interim dean at the College of Liberal Arts effective Aug. 1. The appointment will fill a vacancy created by the departure of Dean Barbara Couture, who has served as the dean of the college since 1988 and was recently named senior vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.Lear is currently a music professor and director of general studies for the WSU College of Liberal Arts. As violinist/violist he has been a member of the Washington-Idaho Symphony and performs solo and chamber music at the university. He teaches upper-division music history and music theory courses … » More …

Dean Zuiches steps down; researcher tabbed interim
July 15, 2003

James J. Zuiches, who has served as dean of Washington State University’s College of Agriculture and Home Economics since 1995, will step down from the post effective Aug. 9. R. James Cook (photo right),who has held the Endowed Chair in Wheat Research at WSU for five years, will become interim dean of the college.”Dr. Zuiches’ successful efforts and guidance for almost a decade are seen in the exceptional strength and national and international visibility of the faculty and the quality of the educational, research and outreach programs serving citizens across the state,” said Robert Bates, provost and academic vice … » More …