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 www.tricity.wsu.edu.