Washington State University (WSU), a distinguished and comprehensive public research university, seeks an innovative and experienced leader to serve as Chancellor of Washington State University Tri-Cities (WSU Tri-Cities). WSU Tri-Cities is part of a vibrant and thriving Tri-Cities community and has close ties to local industry, community colleges, and key academic partners like the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The Chancellor will lead the Tri-Cities campus through a time of exciting academic and physical growth, positioning the campus as an integral player in WSU’s “Drive to 25”, a system-wide initiative to ensure the University will be recognized as one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities, preeminent in research and discovery, teaching, and engagement by 2030.
More than 1,800 students attend WSU at the 201-acre Tri-Cities campus, located along the banks of the Columbia River in Richland, the heart of Washington’s wine country. WSU Tri-Cities offers 20 undergraduate and 30 graduate degrees in the arts and sciences, business, education, engineering and computer science, nursing, and viticulture and enology, with an emphasis on the STEM disciplines. WSU Tri-Cities has one of the most diverse student bodies in the state, with 34 percent of students identifying as underrepresented minorities and is pursuing a Hispanic Serving Institution designation.
In recent years, WSU Tri-Cities has experienced growth in its physical campus, academic programming, and student body. In 2015, the campus opened the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center, a state-of-the-art facility that is one of the most technologically advanced wine science centers in the world and which has already begun attracting world-class researchers and students. That same year, the Kadlec Regional Medical Center pledged a landmark $18 million gift, the largest in WSU Tri-Cities history, to create five new endowed nursing faculty positions. The campus is also home to the Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory, a 57,000-square-foot research and teaching laboratory that is a result of a partnership between WSU and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
The successful Chancellor will be an experienced, visionary, and collaborative academic leader, prepared to serve both as the chief executive of WSU Tri-Cities as well as a critical leader in the WSU system. The Chancellor will be a visible and vocal advocate for the campus within WSU and across the state, partner across the system and within the local community, and enhance the campus’s teaching, research, student success, and community engagement activities. To achieve these goals, the Chancellor will need to address the following opportunities and challenges that are central to the future success of WSU Tri-Cities:
• Engage stakeholders in the development of a shared vision for WSU Tri-Cities;
• Facilitate growth of the WSU Tri-Cities academic enterprise within the WSU system;
• Cultivate, build, and expand partnerships with the Tri-Cities communities;
• Be a visible, engaged, and collaborative member of the WSU leadership team;
• Strategically and effectively manage WSU Tri-Cities resources; and
• Lead and inspire WSU Tri-Cities students, faculty, staff and community members.
WSU Tri-Cities has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: www.imsearch.com/6277. Electronic submission of materials is required.
Julie Filizetti and Brett Barbour
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action educator and employer. Members of ethnic minorities, women, disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently-separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability, and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply. WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.