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.