Regarding Provost Riordan's Announcement

Dear Colleagues,

Catherine Riordan has informed me of her decision to resign as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Western Washington University. I fully support Catherine's decision.

I feel I speak for the entire campus community when I thank Catherine for her service to the university as provost. She has left her mark on Western through her leadership and tremendous dedication.

Catherine's service as provost will conclude in July. In the week ahead, I will be consulting widely with leadership across the campus to discuss plans for moving ahead with the leadership of Academic Affairs.

During Catherine's tenure as provost, much has been accomplished. Her leadership has fostered continued academic excellence that has directly benefited our students and entire campus. Some noteworthy accomplishments include movement toward a strong dean model; transparency and decentralization of financial resources and decision-making within the academic division; unrelenting focus on students' access to required classes, and expanding capacity for Western to internationalize its curriculum and student body.

Even as state resources declined, Catherine encouraged responsiveness to recommendations of campus White Papers and Task Forces. She strongly supported diversity and equity in the workplace, and she led efforts to expand access to Western's programs with institutions in the community and technical college system.    

So please take the opportunity to thank Catherine for her service to Western as provost. Her leadership and friendship are deeply appreciated by me.

My best,


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