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Washington State University Office of the Provost

Meet the Provost


Dr. Bryan Slinker was named interim provost and executive vice president in September of 2019. Slinker earned his DVM from WSU in 1980 and his PhD in 1982. He returned to WSU in 1992, when he joined the faculty in the then Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology (now the Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience). He served as chair of that department from 1999-2008, before taking the position as dean in 2009.

Slinker’s lasting impact can be felt throughout the College of Veterinary Medicine. WSU global health research now reaches countries in Africa, Asia, and Central America through the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, which is committed to creating healthier communities around the world. Biomedical research strengths such as infectious diseases, immunology, neurosciences and muscle biology expanded to include reproductive health, functional genomics, DNA and chromosome biology, when the School of Molecular Biosciences and Center for Reproductive Biology moved into the college in 2010.

Bryan Slinker
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President

Julie Watkins
Interim Executive Assistant

Slinker also oversaw the building of two premier research facilities: the Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health and the Veterinary Biomedical Research Building that houses Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience. The Veterinary Biomedical Research Building and the Biotechnology-Life Sciences Building, which houses the School of Molecular Biosciences, adjoin to create one of the best concentrations of biomedical laboratory facilities on the WSU campus. His early work, along with many others, helped to secure a $23 million appropriation in 2019, which means the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory will soon have a state-of-the-art facility adjoining the Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health, which along Department of Veterinary Microbiology an Pathology and the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences makes WSU a premier location for immunology and infectious disease research that spans the world.

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