Paul Pitre is Chancellor for Washington State University’s Everett campus. Dr. Pitre became Chancellor in September 2016, after serving as Academic Dean of the campus from 2011- 2016.
Dr. Pitre is an associate professor of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology at WSU. Prior to accepting a faculty position at WSU, he was a member of the Auburn University faculty. Pitre has worked in Public Affairs for the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and as a Program Management Analyst at the U.S. Department of Education. He has also held several administrative posts in higher education.
His research interests center on P-20 education policy, leadership and governance in higher education, and college access and choice. Pitre received his doctorate in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland. He also received his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from New York University and his bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Western Washington University.
Read Chancellor Pitre’s latest campus update in The Pitre Dish.
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Lynne K. Varner is Associate Vice Chancellor for Washington State University Everett and Chief of Staff leading campus-wide initiatives to increase enrollment and public-private partnerships in the north Puget Sound.
Ms. Varner joined Washington State University in 2014 after more than two decades as an award-winning multimedia journalist at media companies that include United Press International, The Washington Post and The Seattle Times. During her career, she was twice nominated for journalism’s highest honor, the Pulitzer Prize, for groundbreaking stories on race relations and public education. She is a John S. Knight Fellow, an academic fellowship awarded by Stanford University to support media industry leaders with collaborative mindsets.
An East Coast native, Ms. Varner is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.
She is a former trustee of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and current chair of the Board of Directors of Cascade Public Media, a non-profit operating PBS member station KCTS 9, digital news site, Crosscut and creative animation services company, Piranha Partners.
Lynne is the co-author of a collection of moving essays and photographs, “Stories that Cover Us: Meditations and Fiber Art by the Pacific Northwest African American Quilters.”
She believes that to whom much is given, much is required.
Dr. Beattie is Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and Scholarly Assistant Professor in the School of Hospitality Business Management at Washington State University Everett. Nearly all his courses are designed using hybrid and online course delivery with experience in designing over 20 courses. He has taught and researched internationally in Switzerland, Malawi, Tanzania, and Saudi Arabia. Dr. Beattie has over 30 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry with 20 of those years in management positions with restaurants, hotel food and beverage operations, and managed services.
Beattie, M. A., Link Wyer, S. (2019). Change management and leadership in the fourth industrial revolution. In K. Tajeddini, V. Ratten, T. Merkle (Eds.), Tourism, hospitality and digital transformation: Strategic management aspects (ch. 3). (pp. 25-46). London: Routledge.
Beattie, M. (2011). Accessible, appropriate, and effective education: The case of NetTel@Africa. In E. Brown & P. Gibbons (Eds.), Ethnicity and race: Creating educational opportunities around the globe (pp. 221-240). Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishing.
Beattie, M., Gau, J. (2007). Workplace Violence in Hotels. In D. Rutherford & M. O’Fallon (Eds.), Hotel management and operations (4th ed., pp. 227-230). Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.
Refereed Journal Articles
Beattie, M. A., Umbreit, W. T., Murray, J. C. (in press). Ivar’s tipping point. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Cases.
Li, P., Chen, M.-H., Zao, Y., Beattie, M. A. (2018). Factors affecting inn operators’ willingness to pay resource protection fees: A case of Erhai Lake in China. Sustainability.
Chinta, R., Beattie, M., Brands, K., Wheeler, S. (2012). Lessons from the Field: Teaching a Completely Online “Global Business” Course to African Refugees in Northern Kenya and Malawi. Jesuit Higher Education, 1(1), 144-147.
Beattie, M. (2004). A Terezin Afternoon. Journal of Scholarship and Opinion.
Beattie, M. (2012). Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement. In L. N. Tousova & A. Popa (Eds.), AUDEM: The International Journal of Higher Education and Democracy (2nd ed., vol. 2). New York, New York: SUNY Press.
Beattie, M. (2009). The role of education in economic development: Study of NetTel@Africa in Tanzania. Spokane, Washington: Gonzaga University.
Beattie, M., Beattie, F. (2007). Akeelah and the Bee. International Journal of Servant-Leadership. Akeelah and the Bee. International Journal of Servant-Leadership. (3rd ed.). Spokane, Washington: Gonzaga University
Randy Bolerjack is the Director of Public Affairs, Marketing and Communication at Washington State University Everett. An alumnus of Washington State University, he joined WSU Everett in 2015 to manage growing public engagement and serve as the chief storyteller for the campus.
Bolerjack has worked in public affairs in the public and private sectors for more than a decade in Snohomish County, Olympia and Washington, D.C. He was recognized as an Emerging Leader in 2019 by The Daily Herald and The Herald Business Journal.
Holly joined WSU Everett in 2016 as an Associate Director of Student Affairs, overseeing Enrollment Management for the WSU Everett campus. She enjoys working with all students and has a special interest in working with first-year students, and under-represented populations. While Holly wears many hats at WSU Everett, one of her favorite roles is being able to serve as the faculty advisor for the WSU Everett Society of Women Engineers.
Prior to working for WSU Everett, she worked for the University of Washington and Ohio State University in a variety of roles that supported engineering students throughout their academic endeavors. Outside of work, she volunteers her time as a Social Media Content Coordinator for the NASPA Student Leadership Program Knowledge Community, enjoys spending time with her family (husband and two Westies), gardening, exercising, and tap dancing.
Master of Education, School Counseling, Ohio University
Bachelor of Science, Communication Studies, Ohio University
Brett Atwood is a website editor, content strategist and former print and online journalist whose writings have appeared in Billboard, Rolling Stone, Vibe, The Hollywood Reporter and other publications.
Atwood has held managing editor positions at leading Internet sites Amazon.com, Secondlife.com and RealNetworks. In 2001, Atwood’s career shifted to include academia. He is currently the director of the Integrated Strategic Communication at Everett (ISC) program and an associate professor at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. He holds an M.A. degree in communication from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.
During his five-year stint as new media editor at Billboard and a co-founding editor of Billboard.com, he was among the first reporters to document the development of Internet-based digital downloading and streaming media technologies. His expertise in this area has resulted in numerous analyst and commentator appearances at several national print and TV outlets, including Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, CBS Evening News, USA Today and Wall Street Journal. During his time at Billboard, Atwood interviewed many major music acts including David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder, Shania Twain, Tupac Shakur, and Bjork. He also co-produced the Billboard Music Video Conference & Awards for several years and helped procure notable speakers and panelists, including Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Mark Cuban, Todd Rundgren, and members of the Barenaked Ladies.
At Amazon.com, he managed and developed editorial content for several of the e-commerce site’s operations, including the debut of the Computer & Video Games, Electronics and Toys stores. At RealNetworks, he managed content development for various music properties at the streaming media company, including MusicNet, LiveConcerts.com and RealGuide Music. In addition, he co-founded Internet music service Rolling Stone Radio with Rolling Stone magazine. At Linden Lab, he worked on editorial and content strategy for multiple products including the Internet-based 3D digital world Second Life and the registered money services business Tilia. He also helped coordinate several large-scale events and content initiatives in the virtual world, including premiere screenings of Adult Swim’s “The Shivering Truth,” the Second Life Book Club, and numerous product placement partnerships connecting the physical and virtual worlds.
Atwood is an associate professor at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, where he teaches courses in digital content production, reporting and social media persuasion.
In 2006, he was the recipient of a U.S. Speaker and Specialist Grant from the U.S. Department of State. This grant enabled Atwood to travel to Minsk, Belarus to conduct workshops on Internet content development among independent journalists. Under the regime of Alexander Lukashenko, the government has all but suffocated traditional distribution outlets for independent journalists due to its intolerance of dissenting viewpoints.
In 2008, he received a grant from the McCormick Foundation to conduct a Virtual Journalism Summit featuring workshops and presentations about reporting within 3D spaces. The effort comes as a result of the growing popularity and influence of virtual reality worlds, where there are many real stories unfolding within the “metaverse” and its newly created 3D spaces. For example, real-world news organizations, such as CNN and Sky News, once held “in-world” virtual news bureaus that aimed to document and report on the virtual economy and activities within Second Life.
In 2010, he worked with the McCormick Foundation again to create the Murrow Center 3D Newsroom. This virtual world project features 3D “citizen journalism” training kiosks and a multimedia exhibit dedicated to famed broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow.
In 2011, he was a co-recipient of a U.S. Department of State grant for the Study of the United States Institute for Student Leaders on New Media in Journalism (SUSI).
In 2014, he relocated to Everett, Washington to launch the Integrated Strategic Communication program at the new WSU Everett campus.
Social media, virtual reality (VR), online culture and communities
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Dr. Jacob Murray graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from WSU in 2010 and 2014, respectively. Today, Dr. Murray works as Assistant Professor (Career Track) and Program Coordinator for the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at WSU Everett. Dr. Murray’s research interests include sustainable computing, wireless network-on-chip architectures, dynamic thermal management, dynamic voltage and frequency scaling, and interdisciplinary course design. Dr. Murray has 18 publications and conference proceedings and has been the IEEE Seattle Section Education Society Chair since 2017.
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I have been in Higher Education for 7 years, starting my work as an Academic Advisor and moving into Student Affairs just over a year ago. At WSU Everett I oversee Student Success and Involvement which includes Career Services, Student CARE Network, International Students, Student Success Initiatives, Community Standards and much more! My favorite part of working in higher education is the students!
I enjoy seeing them through their educational journey, graduate and be successful in their chosen fields! I hold a Bachelor of Science in Developmental Psychology and a bachelor of Arts in Children’s Studies from Eastern Washington University and a Masters of Education, Adult and Higher Education from Western Washington University.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and reading!