State Relations

May 22, 2008

WSU Chooses New Provost

Washington State University has selected a new Provost. Steven Hoch, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky has been selected as the new Provost and Executive Vice President at WSU.  Hoch succeeds Bob Bates who is stepping down July 1 after six years in the position. Hoch began his

May 21, 2008

Cougars to Downsize?

Here’s a story that popped up in a number of state newspapers this morning, including the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Since the arrival of President Elson Floyd last year, Washington State University (WSU) has been looking critically at its current academic structure with the notion of focusing limited resources on its highest academic priorities, particularly in those

May 20, 2008

A Brief History Lesson

Don’t know if any of you have discovered the “Crosscut” website, but as a “Northwest-phile” I have really enjoyed dialing in once a day for a variety of stories gleaned from the major media outlets in the Pacific Northwest, including British Columbia which is more economically part of us than Ontario or Quebec (but that’s

May 15, 2008

How Green Was My College?

More affirmation in the national press about the UW’s efforts to be as environmentally friendly a university as possible. Forbes Magazine recently did a feature story on America’s greenest colleges and universities and the University of Washington was rated in the top ten nationally for our active participation in the Seattle Climate Partnership, our commitment

Another House Member Will Step Down

Just last week I wrote about Rep. Shirley Hankins (R-Richland) announcement that she would not run for re-election this November to her 8th district seat.  At the time, Hankins was the 10th member of the lower chamber to announce they were not coming back to Olympia. Well, make that eleven.  In an announcement yesterday that

May 11, 2008

Gregoire and Rossi Party Together?

Last Friday night, a party was held in the Temple of Justice in Olympia for long-time AP reporter Dave Ammons who is retiring after 37 years covering state politics.  Ammons is now commnications director for the Secretary of State. Lots of folks were there it seems, including the two major candidates for Governor — incumbant

May 8, 2008

Rep. Shirley Hankins Will Not Run for Re-Election

Add another name to the list of incumbant state legislators who will not return in 2009. Rep. Shirley Hankins (R-Richland) announced yesterday that she will not seek re-election to her 8th legislative district seat.  Hankins becomes the 10th member of the state House who will not run for office this November. Hankins, 76, has served in the

Is Reduced State Support for Higher Education A Good Thing?

Interesting report released on Tuesday of this week from Moody’s Investors Service and a follow-up story in the Chronicle of Higher Education yesterday. For years now, higher education leaders have decried the steady decline in the percentage of higher education funding supported by state tax dollars and the corresponding shift in funding to tuition, private

May 7, 2008

Rep. Hans Dunshee on the Mend

Today’s Everett Herald reports that Rep. Hans Dunshee (D-Snohomish) is recovering after being hospitalized for five days last month for a serious staph infection.  According to the article, Dunshee cut his leg getting in and out of his kayak and the cut became badly infected. Dunshee is the Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee and

May 5, 2008

Wisconsin’s Take on Losing Bruce Shepard to Western

Lots of news in the local paper’s recently about university presidential compensation which I’m sure most of you have read by now. Here’s another story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that looks at presidential compensation from the viewpoint of a state that’s beginning to think it might have become a farm team for training everyone

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