Washington State University President Kirk Schulz has moved up his timeline to transition to the institution’s new administrative structure.
A post on the WSU website from Schulz announces that Inaugural WSU Pullman Chancellor-designate Elizabeth Chilton will take over additional operational leadership of the campus on January 1st. Chilton’s new duties will include emergency response management of the Pullman campus. “Designate” will be removed from Chilton’s title starting next year. Schulz’s previous transition plan timeline announced in October had Chilton taking over the Pullman campus in July.
The move to create the WSU Pullman Chancellor position allows Schulz to focus on the university systemwide. Schulz says in his post that the accelerated transition will allow him to spend more time traveling and meeting with donors and legislators to advocate for the advancement of WSU.
Chilton arrived at WSU last year when she was hired as provost. In October Schulz announced the creation of a new administrative position as part of his expanded administrative structure. That new post is the WSU Pullman Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.