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WSU hosting community forums on presidential search in Everett

Two from Everett on 25-member search advisory committee

EVERETT, Wash. – Oct. 14, 2015 – Washington State University is taking the next step in choosing its 11th president and wants North Puget Sound community input. Students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to one of two community forums at WSU North Puget Sound at Everett, on the Everett Community College campus. The Oct. 27 forums will take place in Gray Wolf Hall room 156 at 7:30 and 10:30 a.m.

“Our goal is to ensure this search is well informed and that all WSU community members and stakeholders have an opportunity to share their thoughts,” said Mike Worthy, chair of the search advisory committee and a member of the WSU Board of Regents.

WSU wants attendees to consider topics like current and future opportunities for the next president, challenges the president may face and ways to measure the president’s success.

Two Everett community leaders, The Daily Herald publisher-emeritus Larry Hanson and Associated Students of Washington State University Everett (ASWSUE) president Hayley Statema, are on the 25-member search advisory committee. That committee will help identify and recommend finalists for the position to the Board of Regents.

“The entire team is very strong. We have a lot of different perspectives from throughout the state,” said Statema. “In our kickoff meeting on Oct. 7 we worked very well together to start defining the role of the new president in our statewide system.”

Hanson is among the Snohomish County community leaders who partnered with University officials to establish WSU North Puget Sound at Everett and currently is a member of its coordinating and policy board. He served for eight years on the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board and was a member of former Governor Booth Gardner’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Education Reform and Funding.

Statema completed Running Start courses and attended community college in her hometown of Everett before enrolling at WSU North Puget Sound at Everett. She is majoring in integrated communication and intends to become a nonprofit event organizer and public relations specialist, working specifically with awareness of the Autism spectrum. As the first ASWSUE president, Statema is working to create Cougar culture on the Everett campus.

Contact: Randy Bolerjack