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WSU System Council


In its planning role, the WSU System Council helps to oversee and monitor progress toward implementation of the system plan and related initiatives. The System Council receives support and advising from the System Strategic Planning and Implementation Team and collaborates with other institutional leaders and shared governance groups and is guided by the Board of Regents, in making planning decisions.

Major planning responsibilities include:

  • Discuss annual strategic plan objectives and metrics, as well as key initiatives related to WSU system strategic planning process;
  • Identify priorities, targets and strategies that will leverage WSU’s land-grant mission, increase its statewide impact, and achieve performance toward chosen metrics;
  • Monitor internal and external environments, assess implications for WSU, and proactively address changes affecting WSU and the higher education landscape, in general; and
  • Champion the overall process of planning strategically across the WSU system.


President’s Cabinet:

Kirk Schulz, President

Elizabeth Chilton, Provost and Executive Vice President

Asif Chaudhry, Vice President, International Programs

Pat Chun, Director of Athletics

Dave Cillay, Vice President of Academic Outreach and Innovation, and Chancellor, WSU Global

Mike Connell, Interim Vice President, University Advancement

Daryll DeWald, Vice President of Health Sciences, and Chancellor, WSU Spokane

Theresa Elliot-Cheslek, Vice President, Human Resources

Mary Jo Gonzales, Vice President, Student Affairs

Sandra Haynes, Chancellor, WSU Tri-Cities

Danielle Hess, Sr. Assistant Attorney General

Christine Hoyt, Chief of Staff, Office of the President

Chris Keane, Vice President, Office of Research

Colleen Kerr, Vice President, Governmental Relations and External Affairs

Mel Netzhammer, Chancellor, WSU Vancouver

Saichi Oba, Vice Provost, Enrollment Management

Stacy Pearson, Vice President, Finance and Administration

Sasi Pillay, Vice President, ITS and CIO

Paul Pitre, Chancellor, WSU Everett

Phil Weiler, Vice President, Marketing and Communications


Dori Borjesson, Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine

Todd Butler, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Lisa Gloss, Dean, Graduate School

Chip Hunter, Dean, Carson College of Business

Rich Koenig, Interim Dean, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Mary Koithan, Dean, College of Nursing

Mark Leid, Dean, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Grant Norton, Dean, Honors College

Bruce Pinkleton, Dean, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Mary Rezac, Dean, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

Jay Starratt, Dean, Libraries

John Tomkowiak, Founding Dean, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Mike Trevisan, Dean, College of Education

Vice Chancellors:

Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, Vice Chancellor for Research, WSU Spokane

Mark Beattie, Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, WSU Everett

Renny Christopher, Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, WSU Vancouver

Daniel Denike, Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration, WSU Spokane

Gwen Halaas, Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, WSU Spokane

Kate McAteer, Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, WSU Tri-Cities

Jim Mohr, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, WSU Spokane

Debbie O’Donnell, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, Global Campus

Anna Plemons, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, WSU Tri-Cities

Christine Portfors, Vice Chancellor for Research, WSU Vancouver

Domanic Thomas, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, WSU Vancouver

Lynn Valenter, Vice Chancellor, Finance and Operations, WSU Vancouver

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

Other Campus Leaders:

Doug Call, Chair Elect, Faculty Senate

Jessica Gerdes, Vice Chair, APAC

Anna McLeod, Chair, APAC

David Turnbull, Chair, Faculty Senate