Welcome to the 2019-20 Academic Year!Message to Campus Wed, 09/25/2019 - 09:47
Dear Western Students,
Welcome to the 2019-2020 academic year! I hope your first day of classes is off to a great start, and that you are as excited as I am by the opportunities that lie ahead this year to increase our understanding of each other, ourselves, and the world we share.
Supporting your successful journey through Western—from the first day you walk into the classroom, to the day you receive your diploma at graduation, and beyond—is our primary mission, and it’s a commitment shared by more than 2,000 faculty and staff serving in a wide variety of roles. Please
Translating Plans Into Actions - Faculty & Staff Convocation Fall 2019Speech Thu, 09/19/2019 - 13:43
Since coming to Western three years ago I have talked about the potential of this wonderful institution, the strong foundations of excellence we have to build upon, and the remarkable opportunities we have to accelerate positive change for our students, the people of Washington, and the world.
Year End Message to the Western Community: The Change ImperativeMessage to Campus Wed, 06/19/2019 - 10:19
As we close the academic year, it is a time to celebrate our graduates, the most important contribution Western makes to our communities and our world. It is also a time to be grateful – for the engaged students, faculty and staff that make Western such a special place. And, it is a time to pause for reflection and learning from the year just passed.
Over the academic year, the campus community has engaged in important and difficult conversations, as students rightly questioned Western’s commitment to living up to our stated values of inclusive success, diversity and equity in
2019-2021 Legislative Budget Makes Significant Investments in Access for Students and Brighter Futures in WashingtonBlog Post Fri, 05/03/2019 - 09:49
Legislators in Olympia finished their work earlier this week, and I wanted to share a few outcomes of the 2019 legislative session as they relate to Western and higher education in general.
Despite the limited availability of discretionary funding, the legislature made significant and historic investments in our state’s higher education system this session. One critical investment is full funding of the State Need Grant (renamed the Washington College Grant) and a guarantee that all eligible students will receive the award by academic year 2020-21
United in solidarity against the attacks in Sri LankaBlog Post Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:10
The vicious bombing attacks on Christian worshippers in Sri Lanka over the Easter holiday have sent another shockwave of horror and heartache through the world, only a month after the brutal terrorist assault on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Our deepest condolences go out to victims and survivors, their family and friends, and the Sri Lankan community around the world.
Once again, individuals who have been grotesquely twisted by the moral cancer of hate and ideological extremism have targeted the innocent. Once again, people of conscience are united in anguish and