Messages from the President

Message to Campus
Thursday, May 23, 2024 - 8:10 am

Dear WWU community,

I am pleased to share some good news. We have reached a tentative agreement with our new bargaining partners, the Western Academic Workers United (WAWU) Educational Student Employees. The agreement now advances to a ratification process, requiring approval from WAWU members and Western’s Board of Trustees.

I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the student employees who played pivotal roles in representing WAWU or actively participating in the…

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Message to Campus
Friday, May 17, 2024 - 10:37 am

Dear Western community, 

I am writing to share an update on our ongoing dialogue with students involved with the encampment on campus.

I understand that this is a difficult time for many in our campus community, and I take our student demonstrators’ calls to action very seriously. 

Again, it is important to recognize the significance of the issues driving the encampment. The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is tragic and demands urgent attention. We support the calls from…

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Message to Campus
Tuesday, May 14, 2024 - 9:23 am

Dear Western community, 

As you may be aware, a student encampment, similar to those which have emerged at universities across the country, has been established on Old Main lawn on WWU’s Bellingham campus. I first want to acknowledge the significance of the issues driving the encampment. The humanitarian crisis in Gaza demands urgent attention and thoughtful consideration, and I continue to be deeply moved by the genuine empathy and heartfelt concerns expressed by many of our…

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Message to Campus
Thursday, March 14, 2024 - 8:44 am

Last week marked the end of the supplemental legislative session in Olympia, and, though it was a “short,” 60-day session, state lawmakers passed several bills into law, including some with impact to WWU and the students we serve.

Here’s a quick summary of new investments for Western coming out of the 2024 session:

  • $445,000 per year for Electrical and Computer Engineering degree program expansion
  • $400,000 for academic access and outreach programs
  • $300…
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Message to Campus
Friday, February 2, 2024 - 3:02 pm

Dear WWU Community, 

February is Black History Month, an important time to honor the remarkable achievements and contributions of Black people in our communities and around the world. It is also a time to recognize the significant role Black communities continue to play in advancing the struggle for racial justice and equality.

This year’s theme is Back to B.L.A.C.K:  A Legacy…

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Message to Campus
Friday, January 12, 2024 - 3:00 pm

Dear WWU Faculty and Staff,

Happy New Year! I hope you all found time to relax, recharge, and spend time with loved ones over the past few weeks. I write to convey my very best wishes and sincere thanks to all of you as we shift our momentum into the next calendar year. The past 12 months have been marked by noteworthy achievements, as well as unexpected challenges. As we reflect on 2023 and look ahead to a new year, I believe that we have many reasons to have…

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Message to Campus
Friday, November 3, 2023 - 10:26 am

Dear WWU Community,

It has come to my attention that information is circulating about a rally on campus planned for November 8 which includes the slogan “One Solution: Intifada Revolution.”  Intifada is an Arabic word meaning an uprising or rebellion, and it is specifically used to describe several periods of violent attacks against Israeli civilian targets, to protest Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. …

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Message to Campus
Wednesday, October 25, 2023 - 3:44 pm

Dear Western community, 

I continue to hear from members of our community about their struggles to make sense of the atrocities committed in the Israel-Hamas war and its impact on their lives and their concerns for personal safety and those of their loved ones. 

I want you to know that I too continue to be gravely concerned about the impact of the war in the Middle East, as well as the Ukraine-Russia war and conflicts in other parts of the world, on innocent people—those who…

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Message to Campus
Thursday, October 12, 2023 - 4:10 pm

We are saddened by the horrific violence taking place in Israel and Gaza and the atrocities that are being committed, including the senseless loss of civilian life. Even though the conflict is occurring on the other side of the globe, its impacts are being felt locally in our communities. We have many students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other community members who are directly or indirectly impacted by the conflict. Please know that we acknowledge your pain and hurt, and your…

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Message to Campus
Thursday, March 9, 2023 - 9:14 am

Dear Colleagues,

I write to provide you with a budget update, including the decisions we need to institute to ensure the University is on a sustainable budget pathway. First, some context, followed by actions we are instituting for the balance of the current academic year and the upcoming 2023-24 academic year.

The University’s annual operating…

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