I can't tell you how honored and thrilled I am to be joining WSU as your next Provost. Even though my interview took place exclusively via Zoom, I was able to get a strong sense of WSU's culture, priorities, challenges, and opportunities.

Message from WSU’s new provost, Elizabeth Chilton

Greetings to the entire Cougar community,

I can’t tell you how honored and thrilled I am to be joining WSU as your next Provost. Even though my interview took place exclusively via Zoom, I was able to get a strong sense of WSU’s culture, priorities, challenges, and opportunities. While I will be doing as much as I can to ramp up over the coming months, I cannot wait to get to work full‑time, meet you all, and visit the campuses in person. I hope that I will be able to come to Washington in June for some initial meetings, and then move with my family and two dogs in July.

I will be joined by my husband, Michael Sugerman, who is excited to be joining the Department of Anthropology at WSU. He is an archaeologist, like myself, and has done most of his work in the circum‑Mediterranean. My son, Emmet, will also be moving out with us this summer. He is a freshman at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, and is an accomplished classical pianist. All three of us love hiking, kayaking, and canoeing, and we look forward to exploring all of the above in Washington as time permits. I am also an avid choral singer and will be looking to my colleagues in the music department for suggestions in the area!

I know that this is an extraordinarily challenging time in higher education—for our students, faculty, and staff—and for the communities that we serve. As a land‑grant university, WSU has a critical role to play in how well the state of Washington can respond to the impacts of the global pandemic. I look forward to being a part of the Cougar community as we work together to address the current challenges and move forward on the Drive to 25. I would like to recognize Bryan Slinker for his leadership and service as Interim Provost—it would have been a role requiring strong leadership under any circumstance, and this has certainly been a year unlike anything that any of us could have imagined.

I have already received dozens of emails from the WSU community with warm words of welcome. Your thoughtfulness means a great deal to me and my family as we start to plan our cross‑country move. I look forward to seeing you all in the not‑too‑distant future, and please don’t hesitate to be in touch in the meantime.

Go Cougs!

Elizabeth Chilton
elizabeth.chilton@wsu.edu
Twitter: @echilton2