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The Pitre Dish

Read Chancellor Pitre’s latest campus update in The Pitre Dish.

Book Chapters

  • 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.

Educational Background

  • 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

Meet the Chancellor

Paul E. Pitre, Ph.D.
Washington State University Everett

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.

WSU Everett Administration

Lynne Varner
Associate Vice Chancellor & Chief of Staff


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’s only land-grant 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.

Contact Lynne

Phone: 425-405-1713
Twitter @lkvarner

Mark Beattie
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


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.

Contact Mark

Phone: 425-405-1751
Twitter @WSU_Mark

Corrie Wilder
Executive Director,
Marketing & Communication


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.


  • EdD (current student), Education Leadership, Washington State University
  • 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 Education6(1), 99–112.

Contact Corrie

Cheryl Blackburn
Executive Assistant to the Chancellor &
Facilities Administrator


Twenty-two years as a senior executive assistant in higher education and former network administrator for the City of Mill Creek.

Contact Cheryl or Paul

Phone: 425-405-1712

Fulfilling the Promise


Our Vision

WSU Everett aspires to be one of the state’s leading public baccalaureate institutions, preeminent in STEM education and other in-demand programs, innovation, research and application. As a preferred University partner of choice, we will gain distinction as a forward-leaning education, business and research partner.

Our Mission

WSU Everett’s primary charge is to significantly expand access to high-quality baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in the North Puget Sound region and the state. With a focus on undergraduate education, research, scientific inquiry, innovation, entrepreneurship, global interconnectivity and sustainable growth, WSU Everett will address regional and state economic development needs, while preparing students for success and leadership in a rapidly changing world.

Strategic Plan

WSU Everett’s strategic direction—a bold and focused blueprint that recognizes the core values and mission of the statewide WSU strategic plan and builds on WSU Everett’s burgeoning success. We will train our focus and resources on student success, growth, equity, opportunity, and diversity. Much work lies ahead. In the following pages, we present the foundation and tools that will move us closer to Fulfilling Our Promise.