Washington State University Chancellor of WSU Tri-Cities in Pullman, Washington

Position Details

Summary of Duties

Washington State University (WSU), a distinguished and comprehensive public research university, seeks an innovative and experienced leader to serve as Chancellor of Washington State University Tri-Cities (WSU Tri-Cities). WSU Tri-Cities is part of a vibrant and thriving Tri-Cities community and has close ties to local industry, community colleges, and key partners like the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The Chancellor will lead the Tri-Cities campus through a time of exciting academic and physical growth, positioning the campus as an integral player in WSU’s “Drive to 25,” a system-wide initiative to ensure the University will be recognized as one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities, preeminent in research and discovery, teaching, and engagement by 2030.

Role of the Chancellor

The Chancellor has responsibility for and authority over campus budgets, equipment, facilities, space assignments, and operations at WSU Tri-Cities. In coordinated conjunction with the WSU President, the Chancellor is responsible for maintaining and promoting the external image of the campus and relations with stakeholders, industry, the legislature, the surrounding community, and the general public. The Chancellor ensures that the Provost and the deans are well informed about campus activities and initiatives. The Chancellor is also responsible for leadership regarding development activities for the campus.“The Chancellor oversees a leadership team that includes vice chancellors for academic affairs; finance and administration; enrollment management and student services; and research, graduate studies, and economic development. The Chancellor also supervises a chief of staff, an assistant vice chancellor for advancement and regional development and the director of BSEL.

Additional Information

Location The Tri-Cities are a group of three closely tied cities: Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco, located at the confluence of the Yakima, Snake, and Columbia rivers in Southeastern Washington. The Tri-Cities area offers a variety of outdoor and cultural activities, including a number of golf courses; a 67-mile system of paved pedestrian and bike trails; ample opportunities for boating, fishing, and swimming; three professional sports teams; a number of performing arts venues; and more than 100 wineries within a 50 mile radius. In 2010, Kiplinger rated the Tri-Cities among the top 10 best places to raise a family, and CNN/Money ranked the Tri-Cities one of the top 10 best bets for gains in housing value. The Tri-Cities Airport located in Pasco provides the region with commercial and private air service.

Position Qualifications

Required Qualifications

*Please visit https://www.imsearch.com/search-detail/S6-277 The successful candidate must be able to inspire the leadership team, the campus, and the broader Tri-Cities community, and embrace the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly evolving campus at a critical stage of development. The ideal candidate must have the leadership skills and vision to foster WSU Tri-Cities’s continued academic excellence within the context of WSU’s mission and values.

Preferred Qualifications

The successful candidate will possess all or most of the following:

  • An earned doctorate and a distinguished record of teaching and research appropriate to appointment at the rank of full professor at WSU;

  • Experience in high-level academic administration at a university or college campus (or comparable institution) undergoing growth and development;

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with University administrators, faculty, students, and staff;

  • A track record in establishing and maintaining successful working relationships with legislators, local community leaders, county, state and federal officials, businesses, foundations, and alumni;

  • Excellent fundraising, financial management, and strategic planning skills;

  • Strong operations improvement experience and an understanding of leading-edge campus administrative systems and structures;

  • Significant experience in building and sustaining highly productive leadership teams and in inspiring others to achieve excellence;

  • An orientation toward continuous improvement, including an appreciation for quality and competency;

  • An ability to lead through consultation and balance the needs of diverse constituencies by building consensus with a fair, collaborative, and transparent leadership style;

  • A commitment to shared governance;

  • Excellent communication and listening skills;

  • A strong civic and community orientation and outstanding political acumen;

  • A passionate dedication to diversity and an understanding of its value within an institution of higher education;

  • A demonstrated track record of creativity and innovation;

  • A reputation for integrity, transparency, accountability, enthusiasm, inclusivity, and a sense of goodwill.

Posting Detail Information

Special Instructions to Applicants

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: https://www.imsearch.com/search-detail/S6-277

Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

Julie Filizetti and Brett Barbour Isaacson, Miller 1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300 San Francisco, CA 94111 Phone: 415.655.4900 Fax: 415.655.4905

EEO Statement

Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action educator and employer. Members of ethnic minorities, women, disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently-separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability, and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply. WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Employee Type: Faculty

Working Title: Chancellor of WSU Tri-Cities

College/Area: WSU Tri-Cities

Department Link: https://president.wsu.edu/tri-cities-chancellor/

Position Number: 70145

Work Location: Tri-Cities

Appointment Status: Permanent

Tenure Track: Yes

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full Time

Position Term in Months: 12

Monthly Salary: Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Type of Recruitment: Outside Search Firm

Posting Open Date: 07/10/2017

Open Until Filled: Yes

Posting Number: 20152278F

Zip Code: 99354

Title: Chancellor

Background Check: Yes