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System Strategic Planners Council


The System Strategic Planners Council (Planners Council) plays an integral role in helping to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of planning process a system wide. The Planners Council will meet approximately three times annually to share information and updates, collaborate around best practices in higher education planning, discuss current planning issues and solutions, and provide feedback and advice. Individual members will volunteer on sub-committees, which will meet more frequently, to help design and move planning process forward.

The role of the Planners Council is to:

  1. Volunteer Workforce: Serve as a volunteer work force to help establish major planning functions and processes across the system, such as environmental scanning, stakeholder and group engagement practices, an annual review and refresh process, design and execution of major annual planning events, and review and refinement of our planning model.
  2. On-going, peer-to-peer knowledge sharing: Engage in ongoing, peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and collaboration about how strategic planning is currently designed an executed systemwide; best practices and innovative ideas in higher education planning; and planning lessons learned and encountered, along with their solutions, to lead improvements and policies and practices related to institutional planning.
  3. Internal Information Source: Serve as an information source within individual campuses, colleges, and units concerning planning policies and practices to help stimulate valuable dialogue around planning, develop a common language of planning, align institutional planning efforts and processes, and advance a culture of planning at WSU.
  4. Training and Education: participate in training and education activities to build comments are teaching planning skills and competencies across the system.


Christine Hoyt, Chair of the Committee and Chief of Staff, Office of the President

Dawn Barnard, Assistant Vice President, Information Technology Services

Tammy Barry, Associate Dean, Graduate School

Sherri Bennett, Campus Chief of Staff, WSU Vancouver

Bryan Blair, Sr. Associate Director of Athletics

Beth Blakesley, Associate Dean of Libraries

Brandon Chapman, Director, Marketing and Communications, College of Education

Jon Derek Croteau, Associate Vice President of Development, University Advancement

Marcia Garrett, Director of Regional Relations, Government Relations and External Affairs

Lisa Gehring, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources

Raegan Harvey, Assistant Director, Internal Operations, WSU Athletics

Kim Holapa, Assistant Vice President, External Engagement and Initiatives, Student Affairs

Margaret Holt, Campus Chief of Staff, WSU Spokane

Christine Horne, Professor of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences

Stacey Hust, Associate Professor, Strategic Communications, College of Communications

Linda MacLean, Vice Dean, External Relations, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical. Sciences

Vicki McCracken, Associate Dean and Director, WSU Extension, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Katrina Mealey, Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine

Kay Meier, Associate Dean and Professor, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Grant Norton, Dean, Honors College

Sita Pappu, Assistant Vice President, Office of Research

Craig Parks, Associate Vice Provost, Office of the Provost

Julie Postma, Associate Dean for Research, College of Nursing

Stephanie Rink, Assistant to the Dean, Carson College of Business

Holly Sitzmann, Executive Director, Strategic Communications, Marketing and Communications

Matt Skinner, Associate Vice President, Finance and Administration

Brett Stav, Public Relations and Marketing Director, College of Engineering and Architecture

Leslie Thompson, Director, Administrative Services, Global Campus

Lynne Varner, Associate Vice Chancellor, WSU Everett

Ray White, Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration, WSU Tri-Cities

Paul Whitney, Associate Vice President, International Programs

Kristina Wilson-Peterson, Chief of Staff, Office of the Provost

Jim Zimmerman, Chief Operating Officer, College of Medicine