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Chancellor, WSU Everett & Everett University Center

WSU Everett, 207

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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.


An essay: Sparking a New Generation of Leadership

State of Washington: Governor appoints Dr. Paul Pitre to the State Board of Education

WSU Insider: Dominican Republic visit could help elevate farmers above subsistence

Seattle Medium: WSU Everett Chancellor’s Passion is Providing an Opportunity for People to Change Their Lives

Everett Herald: Take a sneak peak at WSU’s new home in Everett

The Seattle Times: WSU’s new building: ‘the biggest thing Everett has ever done in terms of its future’

From the desk of the Chancellor: Standing with our international students



  • Pitre, P.E., & Pitre, C.C. (2013) Entrepreneurship, inquiry, and college choice: Leveraging the school curriculum to increase student academic engagement and college aspirations. In F.W. Parkay, E.J., Anctil & G.J. Hass (Eds.), Curriculum planning: A contemporary approach. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Pitre, P.E., & James, E.L. (2012). Diversity in schools: Is aid to schools under Title I the best way to close the achievement gap between students who are economically disadvantaged and those who are not? In C.J. Russo & A.G. Osborne (Eds.), Debating issues in American education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • James, E.L., & Pitre, P.E.  (2012). Diversity in schools: Are legislated school desegregation policies adequate to address unequal educational opportunities for students of color? In C.J. Russo & A.G. Osborne (Eds.), Debating issues in American education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.



  • Ph.D. Education Policy and Leadership, University of Maryland, College Park, 2002
  • M.A. Higher Education Administration, New York University, 1992
  • B.A. Communication, Western Washington University, 1986

Associate Vice Chancellor & Chief of Staff to Chancellor Pitre

WSU Everett, 207
Twitter @lkvarner


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.

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

WSU Everett, 224
Twitter @WSU_Mark


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.


  • PhD (Gonzaga University)
  • MBA (Gonzaga University)
  • BA (Washington State University)
  • Other (Yakima Valley College)

Research Interests 

  • Hospitality
    Human Resources

Book Chapters

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.

Journal Articles

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

Director of Student Services

WSU Everett
Twitter @anna_wsu


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!

Director of Admissions

WSU Everett


I have worked in higher education for nearly five years. Most recently, I managed and developed academic programs, recruitment & admissions strategies, program budgets, and student success for Western Washington University. I am excited to share my love for higher education with the WSU Everett Student Services Team!    

For my education, I took a non-traditional student pathway. I started my journey at Everett Community College, where I obtained my DTA, then continued my education at Western Washington University – Everett earning my Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. I completed a year of my pre-requite course work at WSU – Pullman. I am passionate about student success, and I strive to carry that in my work.

In my free time, I love to hike and camp.

Executive Director, Marketing & Communications

WSU Everett, 202
Twitter @corriewilder


Corrie is a well-known face at WSU, having begun her tenure at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, first as an adjunct instructor then as a Scholarly Assistant Professor and Marketing Director for the college. In addition to her leadership role at WSU Everett, Corrie will teach for Murrow College, including a senior capstone focusing on community engagement and experiential learning. An award-winning Creative Director, Corrie has over 25 years of experience in all forms of print and digital marketing and creative for brands in consumer goods, legal, sports and entertainment. A former Art Director at Sports Illustrated, Golf Magazine, and Food Network, she studied graphic design at the renowned Parsons School of Design in New York. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Education Leadership at WSU Everett.


  • MS, Technical Communication, Arizona State University
  • BS, Human Resources, University of Delaware
  • AAS, Graphic Design, Parsons School of Design

Research Interests 

  • Leadership
  • Human-centered design
  • Pathways between secondary and postsecondary education


Wilder, C. A. (2020). Implementation of Active Learning Techniques in an Undergraduate Public Relations Course: Comparing Individual Social Networks and Brand Communities. Public Relations Education, 6(1), 99–112.


Manager of IT & Operations

WSU Everett

Director of Development

WSU Everett

Hayley has been fundraising in support of education for several years now and is excited to bring her passion for WSU Everett to the forefront as the Director of Development. She graduated from WSU Everett with a degree in Integrated Strategic Communications, and a minor in Hospitality Business Management, really focusing on how communications and events intersect to create a great experience for everyone involved.

Since graduating, she has worked at local and national nonprofits using storytelling and genuine relationship-building to grow both donor and volunteer constituent relationships. Hayley has served as the President of the WSU Snohomish County Alumni Association chapter for the past three years. Additionally, she volunteers with the Downtown Everett Association on the promotions committee and is the chair of the networking group Engage Everett.

When not working or volunteering, Hayley spends her time enjoying food and beverage across the PNW. Or most recently, at home playing Hogwarts Legacy.