President Kirk Schulz and Provost Mitzi Montoya are discussing some of WSU’s top accomplishments and framing some of the upcoming opportunities and challenges at a series of town hall meetings taking place fall semester across the WSU system.
The sessions are designed to update the WSU community about topics ranging from development of the WSU system strategic plan to the latest enrollment numbers. The president is discussing the university’s improving finances, highlighting the positive operating balance for fiscal year 2019 and the state’s multi-million dollar investment in the WSU system last legislative session.
During two recent town halls, Provost Montoya, who joined WSU in August, introduced herself to meeting attendees and expressed her enthusiasm in building on the positive momentum the University has established.
Addressing the College of Arts and Sciences at a Sept. 10 town hall, Montoya noted the accomplishments of several faculty members who earned prestigious awards, which moves the needle on one of WSU’s critical Drive to 25 metrics.
“To me, these awards and recognitions are really great pride points, and help extend Washington State University to the world,” Montoya said. “We’re taking what we do well here to (other institutions), but we’re also bringing back incredible learning to share with our faculty, with our students and our programs.”
Presenting to the Honors College and the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement (DAESA) at another town hall on Sept. 10, the provost highlighted the increasing number of National Merit and Achievement Scholars, as well as the impressive growth in Honors College enrollment. She also outlined the new merger of the Office of Academic Engagement and the Office of Undergraduate Education to form the DAESA.
“Under the direction of Dr. Mary Wack, vice provost for academic engagement and student achievement, the many offices and programs in the new division will drive academic innovation, student development, and scale and amplify student-success efforts on a system level,” Montoya said.
Each town hall concludes with a question-and-answer session. The WSU community is invited to submit questions in advance. The meetings will continue into November, with stops at each college and each campus. See the full schedule, and attend the event that works for you.