Visual Communication [VICOED > VICO] Program Year Design Program
Ford Foundation $490,000 grant to Western Washington State College to establish Visual Communication Education program in the Department of Technology as an outgrowth of the graphic arts education teacher preparation program.1965 
Schwalm | Flanders
 1969 Urso
Schwalm | Jaznoz | Embrey 1971
Schwalm | Byeman | Embrey 1972
Schwalm | Vassdal |Embrey 1977
Schwalm | Vassdal | Goto | Embrey 1979
 1983 Urso | Gleeson
First Mac purchased for student lab by Vassdal Ellis 1985 First Computer Graphics Workshop offered by Urso
Schwalm | Vassdal Ellis | Goto | Fairbanks | Embrey 1986
Vassdal Ellis | Goto | Fairbanks | Embrey 1987
Vassdal Ellis | Fairbanks | Reed | Embrey 1989
The Visual Communication Program merged with the Department of Art following six years of discussions.
Smith hired to fill Fairbanks position.
1993 Urso | Gleeson | Vassdal Ellis | Reed | Smith

Embrey [aligned courses with Studio; he retired in 2000]
De Almeida hired to fill Reed position. 1997 Urso | Gleeson | Vassdal Ellis | Smith | de Almeida
 1999 First Graphic Design for the Internet offered by Gleeson
Morrow hired to fill Urso position when he retired. 2008 Gleeson | Morrow | Vassdal Ellis | Smith | de Almeida
Airth hired. 2012 Airth | Morrow | Vassdal Ellis | Smith | de Almeida

Gleeson retired.

Design Program becomes Department of Design.
Schade hired to fill Gleeson position when she retired. 2013 Schade | Airth | Morrow | Vassdal Ellis | Smith | de Almeida