December 12, 2018
Dear Faculty and Staff,
Health sciences education and research at WSU continues
to grow and evolve at an impressive rate. As we progress,
we must also adapt our management philosophy and
Today we are announcing two changes to the management
structure of our health sciences areas. Common to other
top academic health centers across the country, this
structure will enable more interprofessional education
and allow for increased collaboration and coordination.
Effective January 1, Gary Pollack, Joyce
Griffin‑Sobel, and John Tomkowiak, the deans of
the Colleges of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences,
Nursing, and Medicine, respectively, will report jointly
to WSU Provost and Executive Vice President
Dan Bernardo and WSU Spokane Chancellor Daryll DeWald.
Effective July 1, Chancellor DeWald will add
the title of Vice President of Health Sciences. On
this date we will also drop the dual reporting structure
for the deans and each will report directly to Chancellor
and Vice President DeWald.
In addition, I soon will convene monthly meetings
with Provost Bernardo and Chancellor DeWald to discuss
opportunities for increased collaboration between the
three Spokane‑based colleges, expanding research,
fundraising strategies for the health sciences, and the
development of new programs.
We also will prioritize discussions focused on the
budget models needed to support the health sciences at
WSU Spokane going forward. These discussions will
be closely coordinated with the work already underway by
the University Fiscal Health Advisory Committee.
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Stacy Pearson will lead the effort to develop these
long‑term budget models.
I know that change can be challenging. I also
recognize that many academic and administrative details
need to be resolved in the coming months. We will appoint
a small transition team to assist in this regard and, as
always, I welcome input and discussion from the entire
WSU community. Please feel free to submit any
questions and concerns you might have to me at
Thank you for your understanding and support.
Kirk Schulz, President
Washington State University