Washington State University Provost Elizabeth Chilton has accepted a new dual role to become the first chancellor of the Pullman campus.
The new administrative structure falls under president Kirk Schulz’s OneWSU initiative. In the past WSU presidents have served as the de facto chancellor for the Pullman campus. The creation of a formal Pullman chancellor will allow Schulz to focus on WSU systemwide.
Chilton will maintain her role as provost and formally add Pullman Chancellor to her duties after a one year transition is completed on July 1st. Provost is the highest-ranking academic officer at WSU. Chilton has been provost for a year.
The new administrative structure also changes who several administrators in Pullman will report to. Athletics Director Pat Chun, International Programs Vice President Asif Chaudhry, Office of Research VP Chris Keane and Student Affairs VP Mary Jo Gonzales will report to Chancellor Chilton instead of President Schulz. Those administers will also formally assume roles as WSU Pullman Vice Chancellors.
The administration will now spend the next year developing the structure of the new WSU System Office.
The changes were announced by President Schulz in a Thursday post on the institution’s website. Schulz’s OneWSU plan tries to maintain centralized operations for efficiency while more closely aligning individual campuses with local community needs.