Washington State University will begin the 1997-98 academic year Monday with vacancies at one-third of its dean’s positions.
Three of the nine deans at WSU’s Pullman campus have accepted jobs at other universities for fall. A fourth dean could also be leaving this year, having been named as finalist for top academic jobs elsewhere through the summer, which saw a steady stream of top administrators leaving Pullman.
In addition to finding replacements for the dean’s posts, WSU this year will be searching for new administrators for its physical plant and for its minority student recruitment and retention operation.
The emptying of positions running university colleges gives WSU’s new provost, Gretchen Bataille, an opportunity to participate in selecting the people in the academic administration she will oversee.
Bataille joined WSU this summer from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she was provost of the College of Letters and Science.
The most recent dean resignation came from Bob Smith, dean of WSU’s graduate school and vice provost for research for 10 years. Smith will be leaving for Aug. 31 for a similar post at the University of Connecticut. In mid-September Bill Rayburn, WSU’s associate vice provost for research, will become dean of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate school.
Announcing temporary leadership for the graduate school, Bataille said WSU would review the administrative structure of graduate education and research through the year, seeking input from faculty senate committees and individual professors. Also this summer, the university announced College of Education Dean Bernard Oliver and College of Liberal Arts Dean John Pierce would be leaving for other administrative posts.
Pierce, liberal arts dean since 1986, is becoming vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. The position is similar to provost at WSU.
Oliver, WSU education dean since 1991, this month becomes dean of education at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
The dean of WSU’s College of Sciences, Leon Radziemski, remains at WSU, but was named this summer as a finalist for the University of Colorado vice chancellor position that went to Pierce.
Other administrative positions vacated during the summer include the director of WSU’s Multicultural Student Services. Lee Jones, who held the post since June 1995, left WSU this month to become associate education dean at Florida State University.
David Smith, director of facilities development at WSU since 1992, will take a job Oct. 1 as assistant director for branch campus development at the university’s growing branch campus in Vancouver. Joe Spoonemore, physical plant director since 1984, has taken on a new position as director of special projects for facilities management, leaving the director’s position open.
For the 1997-98 academic year, interim appointments have been made for the vacated positions. They are:
Interim graduate school dean, Karen DePauw, a professor of kinesiology and leisure studies and associate dean of WSU’s graduate school since 1989. A WSU faculty member since 1980, DePauw has served as associate vice provost for academic affairs for two years.
Interim dean liberal arts, Gail Chermak, chair of Washington State University’s department of speech and hearing sciences since 1990.
Interim dean of education, Walter Gmelch, last year’s chairman of the department of kinesiology and leisure studies and associate dean of education since 1995.
Acting director of facilities development Bruce Thompson, now internal projects manager for facilities development.
Acting director of the physical plant Craig Benjamin, currently the assistant director of facilities development.
Acting director of the Office of Multicultural Student Services, Steven Nakata, formerly associate director for recruitment and community relations at MSS.
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