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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

Jacob Murray
Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs / Program Coordinator for Electrical Engineering & Assistant Professor


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.

Contact Jacob

Phone: 425-405-1735

Sergey Lapin 
Vice Chancellor, Research / Associate Director, Data Analytics / Professor, CAS Department of Mathematics & Statistics


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Xiaopeng Bi
Vice Chancellor, Student Success / Professor & Program Coordinator of Mechanical Engineering


Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), 2003
M.S. in Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), 1997
B.S. in Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), 1994
Professional Preparation

Visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Queretaro, Mexico, 2019
Engineering Faculty Member, Everett Community College (EvCC), WA, 2009 – 2012
Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Saint Martin’s University, 2010 – 2011
Research Associate, Lab Manager, and Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering, University of
California, Riverside, CA, 2004 – 2008
Research Interests

Engineering education
Aircraft and vehicle related engineering design
Dynamic failure and fracture of materials and structures

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Hayley Statema 
Director of Development


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.

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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.

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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.