Office of the Chancellor News

March 2013 news update

Tri-City Herald (editorial): New chancellor for WSU Tri-Cities seems to be good leader for school’s next step
March 15, 2013

Tri-City Herald: WSU Tri-Cities gets new chancellor
March 13, 2013 (page A1)

KNDU TV (NBC): WSU Tri-Cities Names New Chancellor (w/video)
March 12, 2013

KVEW TV (ABC): Dr. Keith Moo-Young named new WSU Tri-Cities chancellor
March 12, 2013

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce: New chancellor for WSU Tri-Cities
March 13, 2013

Bellingham Herald (online): WSU Tri-Cities gets new chancellor
March 13, 2013

Lewiston Tribune (online): WSU appoints new chancellor of Tri-Cities branch
March 13, 2013

Tri-City Herald: Two WSU Tri-Cities chancellor candidates to have final interviews
March 7, 2013

WSU News: WSU Tri-Cities chancellor finalists will visit WSU Pullman
March 7, 2013

Tri-City Herald: WSU Tri-Cities chancellor candidate offered job in Dallas
March 5, 2013

Tri-City Herald: Final chancellor candidate comes to WSU Tri-Cities
March 1, 2013

KVEW TV (ABC): Final chancellor candidate comes to WSU Tri-Cities
Feb. 28, 2013

KNDU TV (NBC): WSUTC welcomes third chancellor candidate
Feb. 28, 2013

Tri-City Herald editorial: Public session with third WSU Tri-Cities candidate important opportunity
February 26, 2013

Tri-City Herald: WSU Tri-Cities names third chancellor candidate
Feb. 14, 2013

Tri-City Herald: Second chancellor candidate pays visit to WSU Tri-Cities
Feb. 12, 2013

KNDU TV, NBC affiliate: WSUTC Welcomes Second Chancellor Candidate
Feb. 11, 2013

KVEW TV, ABC affiliate: WSU Tri-Cities: Chancellor Finalist
Feb 11, 2013

Tri-City Herald: WSU Tri-Cities chancellor candidate sees potential for Richland campus
Feb. 8, 2013

Tri-City Herald editorial: Public’s role in WSU Tri-Cities success an asset for next chancellor in selecting WSU leader
Feb. 8, 2013

Tri-City Herald: Second WSU Tri-Cities chancellor candidate announced
Feb. 5, 2013

KNDU TV, NBC affiliate: WSU Tri-Cities to interview second finalist for chancellor
Feb. 5, 2013

KNDU TV, NBC affiliate: Chance to meet WSU Tri-Cities chancellor candidate
Feb. 4, 2013

Tri-City Herald: WSU Tri-Cities announces first chancellor candidate
Feb. 2, 2013

Letter from the search committee

Dear WSU Tri-Cities Faculty, Staff, and Students:

The search for a new WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor continues to move steadily forward. The Search Committee (see membership list at met again on November 13, 2012, and heard an update on the candidate pool from Funk and Associates, which is the search firm assisting the WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Search Committee.

Over the past couple of months, Funk and Associates has been reaching out to potential candidates from institutions throughout the country. They reported that the quality of our pool thus far is strong and that it consists of many highly-qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds and disciplines.

Beginning November 30, 2012, the Search Committee will begin evaluating candidate application materials. An extensive review process will continue through the winter months, toward the goal of bringing final candidates for on-campus interviews as soon as possible, probably early spring 2013. President Floyd has expressed strong support for having the successful candidate in place by July 1, 2013.

The Search Committee, in conjunction with Funk and Associates, continues to take resumes from qualified applicants, and encourages nominations.

This is an exciting process. We know you each share our strong interest in getting the very best leader for this vital position at WSU Tri-Cities.

We will keep you updated as the search continues to progress.

Mike Kluse and Danny Talbot, Co-chairs
WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Search Committee

August 2012 news collection

President’s Perspective: Search begins for the next chancellor of WSU Tri-Cities
Aug. 21, 2012

Tri-City Herald: WSU Tri-Cities sees increase in freshmen, starts search for chancellor
Aug. 21, 2012

KNDU TV, NBC affiliate: WSU Tri-Cities begins search for new chancellor (video)
Aug. 21, 2012

Tri-City Herald: Opportunities abound for WSU’s next chancellor
June 22, 2012

WSU Launches Search for Next Chancellor of WSU Tri-Cities

Originally published August 20, 2012

RICHLAND, Wash. — A 17-member committee has been appointed to lead the search for the next chancellor of Washington State University Tri-Cities.

The committee is tasked with recommending top candidates to Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd. The committee will be assisted by R. William Funk & Associates, a search firm based in Dallas, Texas, that specializes in higher education leadership.

The search committee includes seven members of faculty and staff at WSU Tri-Cities; one from Spokane; one from Pullman; one WSU Tri-Cities student; and seven business leaders in the Tri-Cities — most of them members of the campus Advisory Council. The co-chairs are Mike Kluse, director of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and chair of the WSU Tri-Cities Advisory Council, and Danny Talbot, Clinical Associate Professor of Educational Leadership in the College of Education program at WSU Tri-Cities.

“The Tri-Cities is a unique community whose citizens have a passion for higher education, collaboration, and progress,” co-chair Mike Kluse said. “Our hope is that the next chancellor will embrace this entrepreneurial spirit as we continue to leverage the strong partnership between PNNL and WSU for even greater impact in our community and region.”

The next chancellor of WSU Tri-Cities will fill the role vacated in July when Vicky L. Carwein resigned to lead Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in Indiana.

The chancellor is the chief executive officer of WSU Tri-Cities and reports to the president of WSU. As the visionary leader of WSU Tri-Cities, the chancellorprovides the overall direction for all campus programs, activities, and services. In this role, the chancellor also is responsible for academic leadership, fiscal management, and the physical and human resource development of the Tri-Cities campus.

“The faculty, staff and students at WSU Tri-Cities are looking forward to finding a leader who will continue to foster campus growth and the delivery of a high-quality educational experience, especially in these times of limited resources,” co-chair Danny Talbot said. “We are looking for a chancellor who will bring enthusiasm, experience, and a strong commitment for excellence and opportunity to our campus and community.”

The search committee will accept confidential applications and nominations until the position is filled. Candidate screening will begin immediately. It is anticipated that the new chancellor will assume office by July 1, 2013.

Search committee members are:

  • Mike Kluse, co-chair, Director, PNNL; chair of Advisory Council
  • Danny Talbot, co-chair, Clinical Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, WSU Tri-Cities
  • Birgitte Ahring, Director, Center for Bioproducts and Bioenergy, WSU Tri-Cities
  • Stephanie Bauman, Associate Professor, Psychology, WSU Tri-Cities
  • Rich Cummins, President, Columbia Basin College
  • Amber Eubanks, President, Associated Students of WSU Tri-Cities
  • Allan Felsot, Professor, Entomology, WSU Tri-Cities
  • Brad Fisher, Senior Vice President, RBC Wealth Management; past-chair of Advisory Council
  • Bob Lewis, Associate Professor, Computer Science, WSU Tri-Cities
  • Wayne Martin, Product Line Manager, PNNL; Advisory Council
  • Shiloh Penland, Program Coordinator, Financial Aid & Scholarships, WSU Tri-Cities
  • Brian Pitcher, Chancellor, WSU Spokane (ex officio)
  • Lura Powell, Chair, Washington State Life Sciences Discovery Fund Board of Trustees
  • Mike Schwenk, Director, Technology Deployment and Outreach, PNNL; Advisory Council
  • Lori Selby, Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration, WSU Tri-Cities
  • Albert Torres, Publisher, Tú Decides Media; Advisory Council
  • Chris Hoyt, Legal Affairs Associate, President’s Office, WSU Pullman
WSU Tri-Cities is located along the scenic Columbia River in Richland, Wash. WSU Tri-Cities was established in 1989 as one of three urban campuses within Washington State University’s statewide system. WSU Tri-Cities expanded in 2007 to a full four-year undergraduate campus offering 18 bachelor’s, 10 master’s, and six doctoral degree programs. WSU Tri-Cities values quality, innovation, experiential learning, community collaborations, and a campus rich in diversity. Learn more at