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Educational leadership expands to south Puget Sound
August 28, 2013

Ed.D. class

PUYALLUP, Wash. – Sometimes, if it isn’t broken, you do want to fix it.


Case in point is an educational leadership program that was so successful it needed to be expanded.


Washington State University Vancouver has offered the school principal/program administrator credential programs in southwest Washington since it was established more than 20 years ago. Approximately 225 students from the WSUV College of Education programs are in leadership positions throughout the state.


But to the north, in the south Puget Sound region, a huge population of working teachers, counselors and others has found it … » More …

Alum selected as golf course superintendent
April 25, 2007

The new superintendent for the Palouse Ridge Golf Course at WSU has been selected.Todd Lupkes, CGSC, is from Gig Harbor Country Club in Gig Harbor, Wash. He is a certified superintendent who graduated from WSU’s turf program in 1992. He is twice past president of the Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association. He is also a board member of the Northwest Turfgrass Association. Lupkes has strong ties to the university and will soon be relocating to Pullman. “I am particularly pleased that we have selected a WSU alum, as we will be working closely with the Turf Program at WSU under the direction of Dr. … » More …

Superintendent’s program serves state, doctoral studies
February 18, 2005

Your job title: school superintendent. You’re responsible for anywhere from a couple of hundred to several thousand students, and staff numbering from a handful to hundreds. You play many roles: policy adviser to a board of directors; facilitator of change for continuous improvement; steward of vision, mission and culture; instructional leader; public policy advocate; community leader and communicator; organizational manager; and ethical leader.Today’s superintendent and members of his or her leadership team face many challenges. The curriculum in WSU’s field-based superintendent program prepares a diverse array of students to lead in the 21st-century educational environment.Students past and present praise the program, encourage their staff members … » More …

Dodging a shortage of new superintendents
September 6, 2002

More than one-third of Washington’s school superintendents are expected to retire in the next five years. Similar trends nationwide have sparked concerns of a coming shortage of qualified superintendents.Attempting to stay ahead of that trend and meet school district needs, WSU’s College of Education in 1996 created an innovative preparation program for school superintendents, which is gaining national attention as an exemplary model. The program is “field based,” which means future administrators do not need to travel to Pullman to attend class. Instead, they attend seminars at locations around the state. Students are enrolled in groups and matched up with mentors, so they can discuss … » More …