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Drewel named senior advisor as Pitre assumes administration of WSU Everett campus

EVERETT, Wash. – Oct. 16, 2015 – In his hit-and-miss pursuit of retirement, WSU North Puget Sound at Everett’s Bob Drewel has assumed the title of senior advisor to president Dan Bernardo. Drewel will continue to support WSU and the North Puget Sound at Everett campus on a half-time basis.

Dean Paul Pitre has assumed all administrative responsibilities of WSU North Puget Sound at Everett and management of Everett University Center.

“Over the past year and a half I have had the pleasure of serving the North Puget Sound community with my late colleague president Elson Floyd, interim president Dan Bernardo and dean Paul Pitre,” said Drewel. “During the next year I’m going to serve WSU, this community and president Bernardo on more targeted efforts. The administrative reins are in the capable hands of my good friend Paul Pitre, who was the first one to begin establishing this WSU presence in Everett with Elson Floyd several years ago.”

“Bob’s experience and leadership aren’t going anywhere. We are putting his efforts to the best use to support WSU, our students and this community,” said dean Pitre. “We aren’t letting Bob retire before he’s good and ready.”

Before joining WSU North Puget Sound at Everett, Drewel first attempted retirement after serving 10 years as executive director for Puget Sound Regional Council. Prior to that, he served three terms as Snohomish County executive and from 1984 to 1992 was president and CEO of Everett Community College.

Pitre holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park, a Master in Higher Education Administration from New York University, and his Bachelors in Communication Studies from Western Washington University. He taught for 10 years at WSU before becoming President Floyd’s right hand in the North Puget Sound region in 2011. He was named dean of WSU North Puget Sound at Everett in January 2014.

Contact: Randy Bolerjack