January 13, 2022
Happy spring semester everyone,
The beginning of a new year brings with it a renewed sense of
opportunity. It’s a time to commit to new self-care regimens and
look ahead to the future.
In much the same way, a new semester allows students, faculty,
and staff to reset their focus on what matters most. Whether
it’s marching toward academic goals, taking on vital research,
or helping others achieve their goals, we’re confident Cougs
will make the most of these new beginnings.
It’s also a time to move forward with other important
changes such as those arising as part of the continued growth
and evolution of WSU as a statewide system.
Traditionally, the WSU president has served as both the
leader of the system as well as the head of the Pullman campus.
We recently announced that Provost and Executive Vice President
Elizabeth Chilton is taking up an additional role as WSU Pullman
chancellor. This allows the role of president to advocate for WSU more actively
across the state and region, meeting with legislators,
potential donors, and alumni in the hopes of supporting the
advancement of the university system for years to come.
With Elizabeth taking on the leadership and management of
WSU Pullman, we felt that it only made sense for her and her
husband Michael to move into the President’s Residence on the
Pullman campus. Noel and I have been busy preparing to move
out of the house in the next few weeks to allow time for
necessary repairs and updates before Elizabeth and Michael
move in this summer.
This does not mean Noel and I are leaving Pullman. Far
from it. We’ve purchased a house in Pullman and will continue
to be active members of this community we’ve chosen to call
home. You’ll see us out at our favorite local restaurants and
at campus events. This move will not shrink our presence in
Pullman. It will only serve to elevate Elizabeth and Michael
into a more visible role in the community and allow for more
opportunities for you to get to know them. We hope the
Pullman campus and community will support Elizabeth and
Michael as you have supported us.
The President’s Residence is known by many names. Soon,
the Board of Regents will take up the task of renaming it to
be more in‑line with its new designation as home of the
Pullman chancellor. We can’t wait to attend our first event
at the house hosted by Elizabeth and Michael, and I’m sure
they can’t wait to get settled in.
We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and relish
in the opportunities presented by a new year and a new
Kirk and Noel
President Kirk Schulz and Dr. Noel Schulz
Washington State University