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Carson College of Business A Message from Chris Burdett

A Message from
Chris Burdett

Senior Vice President, CBRE Hotels Chair, National Board of Advisors

As we look back over the last year, there have been significant leadership changes across WSU and the Carson College of Business (CCB). We welcome our new President Kirk Schulz and his wife, Professor Noel Schulz, from Kansas State University. We continue to build a strong platform under the direction of our Dean Chip Hunter and welcome back the stability of Provost Dan Bernardo. We are fortunate to have secured individuals who have a firm understanding of the goals and objectives essential in leading a land-grant university. With this leadership in place, we now have a secure foundation to fulfill those aspirations necessary to be the business school of choice in the
Pacific Northwest.

Although we have been persistently moving forward in educating our future business leaders, we have now firmly positioned our strategic initiatives and are accelerating the implementation to achieve maximum results over the next 10 years. Under the leadership of the president, provost, and dean, the CCB will continue to focus on our ultimate aspirations by working thoughtfully and strategically with other WSU colleges to strengthen students’ business skills and contribute meaningful research in today’s fast moving business climate.

As a hospitality school graduate, I look for passion first among all other traits to achieve great success. I’ve always felt an earnest desire to make WSU the best place possible for our students, faculty, and staff. After 12 years of working to make a difference, I find the same level of passion and inspiration each time I step foot on any WSU campus. Throughout Dividend, you will see evidence of how board members and alumni have focused their passion on supporting the aspirations of the college, sharing best practices, and enhancing student experiences across all WSU campuses. It is critical that we continue these efforts.

I am truly honored and grateful for the support each and every board member and volunteer exemplifies in continuing the mission of WSU and the Carson College of Business. Thank you and Go Cougs!


—Chris Burdett
’90 Hospitality Business Management