Dr. Chris Meiers joined Washington State University Tri-Cities on February 1, 2014. As the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Meiers provides visionary leadership and strategic direction to our comprehensive services and programs in enrollment management and student affairs, including recruitment, retention, financial aid, registration, career services, counseling services, and student involvement.
Dr. Meiers has more than 20 years of experience working in higher education and is a passionate educator, leader, mentor, and student advocate. His administrative roles have included more than 10 years at the University of Kansas Medical Center where he served in many capacities working his way up to the associate vice chancellor and clinical assistant professor level. He also has had administrative roles at Fort Hays State University (Kansas) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of Kansas. Dr. Meiers received his Master of Science in Educational Administration and his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry at Fort Hays State University.
Dr. Meiers has served as an advocate for policies, practices, and programs that enhance the student experience, foster student learning and development, and encourage student involvement. Known as a national expert on student information systems, enrollment technologies, and quantitatively measuring student outcomes, Dr. Meiers has presented nationally and received a number of awards. Dr. Meiers has also had national/regional leadership positions among the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Association of American Medical Colleges, and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
His wife Mysti also is a higher educator administrator and they have an adult son back in Kansas.
Jana Kay Lunstad has more than 20 years of experience managing people and projects related to academic advising, recruitment, communications, and admissions. She joined WSU Tri-Cities in 2005 as an academic advisor and then moved to the Chancellor’s Office. She has overseen undergraduate admissions and recruitment, worked in Academic Affairs to support faculty, and is currently the Director of Enrollment & Campus Registrar. Prior to working at WSU Tri-Cities, she worked at Utah State University in financial aid and academic advising.
She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from Utah State University. She is actively involved in volunteerism and civic engagement. She was in Leadership Tri-Cities Class IVX and served on the Kennewick Arts Commission. She serves on the Richland Public Library Board of Trustees, and is the Past President of Soroptimist International of Three Rivers.
Jordyn Creighton came to WSU Tri-Cities in 2013 and is the Director of Student Support Services. Jordyn previously worked as the Assistant Greek Advisor at the University of Idaho. She received her Master of Education in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Idaho, where she also earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science. Jordyn has her Certified Rehabilitation Counseling Certificate and is Stop the Hate trained. She currently serves as the Communications Committee Chair for the Washington Financial Aid Association.
Ian Jamieson joined WSU Tri-Cities in December 2017. Prior to joining WSU Tri-Cities, Ian was the Director for Student Engagement at Pacific Lutheran University. Ian earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Pacific Lutheran University and his Master of Education in Student Development Administration from Seattle University.
RJ joined WSU Tri-Cities in August 2015. Before moving to the Tri-Cities area he was the Intramural and Club Sports Intern at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. RJ received his Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Dubuque and his Master’s Degree from Lasell College.
Jason Yi joined WSU Tri-Cities in October 2017. He holds a bachelor of science in social sciences and a minor in business administration from Portland State University. He has an extensive background in career and workforce development in the Portland and Kansas City areas where he focused on working with students on portfolio development for externship/internship opportunities. Jason is responsible for over-seeing the recruitment staff and events.
Maria began working for WSU Tri-Cities as an Admissions Counselor in the summer of 2018 after graduating with a dual degree in Political Science and Strategic Communication from Washington State University-Pullman. During her time in Pullman, she was a multi-cultural student mentor, residential advisor and student ambassador for the Office of Admissions & Recruitment. Maria is also an active member of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated and even served on the executive board. She is passionate about helping students attain their higher education goals.
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