State Relations

April 23, 2008

New Western Washington University President to be Named

Western Washington University is close to naming a new president. Bruce Shepard, the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay is expected to be chosen by the Western trustees as the school’s 13th president at their meeting this Friday.  Shepard, 61, has been chancellor of the Green Bay campus since 2001.  He came to the school from Eastern Oregon…

April 21, 2008

State Agriculture Director Announces Retirement

Governor Christine Gregoire announced this morning that Valoria Loveland, Director of the state Department of Agriculture is retiring.  Loveland, a former state senator and Franklin County Treasurer, has served as agriculture director under both Governor Gary Locke and Governor Gregoire. In a prepared statement, Gregoire praised Loveland for expanding the markets for Washington state agricultural products.  Today, agriculture…

Good Grades For “Bein’ Green”

Take a look at yesterday’s New York Times Sunday Magazine which is dubbed “The Green Issue” featuring a bevy of articles to help all of us keep our carbon footprints that much smaller. In the “Learn” section of the magazine, the first item is titled “How Green is My Campus?” and features the environmental stewardship…

California Students Rally Against Cuts to Higher Education

While the Washington State legislature adjourned their 2008 session more than a month ago, many state legislatures are still meeting, with most of the hard work remaining over the next couple of months. In California, the budget deficit appears to be getting worse with most of the revenue shortfall coming from lower corporate income taxes. …

April 18, 2008

UW Competes Well in Latest Round of Life Sciences Discovery Fund Awards

It was about three years ago this month that the Governor’s proposal to direct the state’s tobacco settlement bonus dollars into a new Life Sciences Discovery Fund to advance state research efforts in health sciences passed the state legislature.  The bill was a major victory for the Governor in the 2005 session and something the UW and…

April 13, 2008

Longtime Olympia AP Reporter to Step Down

Dave Ammons, the “Dean” of state political reporters in Olympia and a 37-year veteran state government correspondent for the Associated Press is stepping down.  After almost four decades covering the state legislature, Governor’s office and state government in general, Ammons (a UW Communications grad) will become a state employee himself, as he assumes the job of…

April 10, 2008

New Higher Education Policy Advisor for Governor Gregoire

Back from a quick family vacation and during the drive home yesterday, I realized that I missed updating all of you on an important staff change in the Governor’s policy office. In late February, Debora Merle (who has served as the Governor’s higher education policy advisor since the beginning of her administration), left Olympia to become…

April 6, 2008

Away From the Blog

I’m off this week for a little R & R with the family.  We’ll check in later.

April 2, 2008

No Changes from Gov in Supplemental Capital Budget

Just got a chance to review the Governor’s veto message on the 2008 supplemental capital budget and there are no changes that impact the University.  On the positive side, this means the $3 million for the UW Tacoma campus land acquisition and soils remediation project remains intact and $300,000 to conduct a pre-design study for a future…

April 1, 2008

Gov’s Veto Pen Does Not Spare Higher Ed or the UW

Governor Gregoire took action today on the 2008 supplemental budget.  As expected before signing the bill into law, she exercised her veto power to eliminate about $15 million in state general fund spending from the legislatively enacted budget, increasing the size of the state’s total budget reserves from $835 million to $850 million.  Few agencies…

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