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Carson College of Business Senior Living Management

Senior Living Management

Education. Service. Research.

Serving as a transdisciplinary global institute for operations excellence in senior living


Where We Are

  • Industry-driven courses and program of study focused on operational performance
  • Partner with industry leaders to maintain curricular relevance and increase the number of professionals and students studying Senior Living Management
  • Courses led by full-time, industry experienced clinical assistant professor, Scott Eckstein, who connects real-world operations with best-in-class education
  • Provide undergraduate students with immersive learning every semester at senior living communities
  • Students gain real-world industry experience through the school’s 1,000 hour industry/ internship graduation requirement

Where We Are Headed

  • Establishment of the Granger Cobb Institute for Senior Living
  • Development of professional certificates for industry professionals, online, anywhere in the world
  • Make Senior Living Management a strong part of student career considerations
  • Powerfully impact daily operations and lives of residents and families through innovative research

Contact Us

Michelle Snyder
Assistant Director of Development
mlipsker@wsu.edu | (509) 335-0916

Scott Eckstein
Clinical Assistant Professor
Senior Living Executive-In-Residence
scott.eckstein@wsu.edu | (424) 262-1288


The Carson College of Business at Washington State University Recognizes the Generous Support of the Following Companies and Individuals

  • AEGIS LIVING
  • ALDER RIDGE SENIOR APARTMENTS
  • BANK OF AMERICA
  • BARGREEN ELLINGSON
  • BRANNAN PARK RETIREMENT APTS
  • BROOKDALE SENIOR LIVING
  • CHRIS AND SUSAN MARKER
  • CISCOR ACQUISITIONS LLC
  • CLARK NUBER, PS
  • CLOTHIER & HEAD P.S.
  • DIRECT SUPPLY
  • EMERITUS SENIOR LIVING
  • ERA LIVING
  • GGLO, LLC
  • HANSON BRIDGETT, LLP
  • HOLLAND & KNIGHT
  • INTALERE
  • JERRY MEYER
  • K&L GATES LLP
  • LANE POWELL, PC
  • LEISURECARE, INCORPORATED
  • MARC AND CYNTHIA WRIGHT
  • MERRILL GARDENS, LLC
  • MOORE DIVERSIFIED SERVICES, INC.
  • NAC/ARCHITECTURE
  • NATHANSON GROUP PLLC
  • NATIONAL INVESTMENT CENTER for the SENIORS HOUSING & CARE (NIC)
  • PETERSON SULLIVAN, LLP
  • SHANNON SALIMONE
  • SRM DEVELOPMENT, LLC
  • STEVE AND PATRICIA PENNAK
  • TEL-TRON
  • TONKON TORP LLP
  • US BANK
  • VILLAGE CONCEPTS
  • WELLTOWER, INCORPORATED

Proposed Granger Cobb Institute

Granger Cobb was a pioneer of senior living and always put people first. From owning one community in 1989 through becoming the CEO of Emeritus and a Brookdale board member, Granger was always gracious and grounded. He shared his passion for seniors and their families as a board member of industry groups such as Argentum, NIC, and ASHA as well as by teaching students in the senior living program at Washington State University. He touched countless lives, and his legacy will live on through the Granger Cobb Institute for Senior Living.

Where the Institute
will take us

  • Serve as a source for research that will impact daily operations, improving lives for all stakeholders
  • Partner with industry leaders to maintain curricular relevance within the senior living program at Washington State University
  • Put Senior Living Management at the forefront of student career options

Quotes from Colleagues

Throughout my career, I have been exposed to many types of leaders.  I have come to believe the greatest leaders are born that way. It is in their DNA. If you ever met or spent time with Granger you know he is one of those individuals who had that special leadership “gene.” It is hard to articulate what actually made him such an incredible leader. …It was simply his being.
Jayne Sallerson,
Executive Vice President, Sales and Operations
Benchmark Senior Living

Granger touched people deeply. He knew that trusting them, and supporting them with the best operational practices were essential. I loved working with him and love extending his legacy through education.”
Steve Tarr,
Ph.D., former Executive Vice President,
Emeritus Senior Living

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