Dear friends,

I hope your summer is off to a great start. Here at the college, June is a time for us to celebrate our recent graduates and to support them as they launch their careers. During the summer, many of our faculty focus on advancing knowledge in their fields, and we support this work through our competitive summer grant program. And we’re already planning for a new academic year—our new Cougs and August will be here before we know it.

We’ve had some real excitement recently. One of our strategic goals is to bring business education to more of WSU in partnership with other colleges. We’re thrilled by the success of WSU’s Engage team: two bioengineering undergraduates coached and supported by Marie Mayes and our Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

We’re also getting the message out about the great work we do by working closely with industry leaders. Recently we’ve hosted public lectures by professionals in taxation, finance, and hospitality industries, and insights from our faculty are getting increasing media attention, especially in the Northwest.

All of us are eager to have Kirk Schulz take the helm as president of WSU. I look forward to working with Dr. Schulz and to continuing to work with Provost Dan Bernardo, who led us so well as interim president. Among our objectives will be to continue to build scholarship support. We want our programs to be the best in the Northwest, and part of being the best is making sure that any student who’s qualified and willing to do the work can attend WSU. You can read about the impact of scholarships in the featured stories section of this issue.

This summer I’ll be on the road representing the college—in Seattle, in the Bay Area, in Bend, Oregon, and at our campuses across the state. I hope to meet many more of you in the coming months.

Go Cougs!

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Chip Hunter, Dean