State Relations

June 10, 2008

Performance Agreement Process to Kick-Off

Tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. in Olympia, the initial organizing meeting of the State Performance Agreement Committee will be held in Senate Hearing Room 3 of the John A. Cherberg Building.  The Committee was created by Engrossed House Bill 2641 (Jarrett) which was created to represent the state’s interests in developing and negotiating performance agreements…


June 4, 2008

News from California (on a really slow week)

Lots and lots of national political news to read and digest, but not much political or higher education news to report in Washington State.  Candidate filings began this week, but no real surprises in any of the major contested races. I’m proud to announce that Steve Juarez, one of my oldest friends and a former…


May 29, 2008

All “Now” Quiet on the Western Front

I’ve had Western Washington University on my mind a lot this past week. Spent the past weekend attending my son’s performance of Macbeth in the Miller Hall courtyard on the Western campus.  I guess you could call it a “post-apocalyptic” interpretation of the bard’s most violent play.  “Mad Max Beyond Inverness” would be a good alternative title.  Anyway, it was…


May 22, 2008

Indisputable Proof of the Value of Education

I don’t know about you, but I’m a pretty devoted reader of The Onion — for my money, the most consistently funny news parody site on the web. Here’s an Onion news item from last fall that’s sure to excite the nation’s education community.  Indisputable proof of the value of education.  Enjoy! I’m off now for a…


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…


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