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David May inherited a job with challenges both brought on by the pandemic and predating its effects in higher education. Eastern Washington will have to pare down some of its offerings and become more competitive in the field of higher education to thrive in the future, May said.
Cullinan resigned as president in early August amid faculty criticism of her leadership and a university financial crisis made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now she is taking nine months of paid leave to hone her teaching skills and work on a forthcoming book.
Before the pandemic, there was a sense of excitement in EWU's athletic department.
After stepping down as president of Eastern Washington University, Mary Cullinan will continue receiving a president’s salary and living in the president’s house on the Cheney campus for six weeks while helping the school transition to new leadership.
EWU announced Cullinan’s resignation Tuesday morning after the board of trustees voted to appoint David May as interim president.
Citing a grim revenue forecast in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Eastern Washington University’s board of trustees on Thursday unanimously approved an operating budget for fiscal 2021 that’s estimated to be $22.5 million, or nearly 8%, smaller than the budget for the current fiscal year.
Eastern Washington University’s faculty senate on Monday held a vote of no confidence in President Mary Cullinan, showing overwhelming disapproval of her handling of the university’s brewing financial crisis.
Before taking the helm of Eastern Washington University in 2014, Cullinan resigned as president of Southern Oregon University after an overwhelmingly poor performance evaluation and a no-confidence vote by the SOU faculty. Professors accused her and other administrators of financial mismanagement. One professor at the time said Cullinan's leadership had facilitated "a climate of fear at SOU." A similar situation is unfolding at EWU.
As leaders of the higher education institutions in Spokane, we stand in solidarity with those who are calling for change, and we pledge to do our part in educating not just our students, but our entire college communities, about the continuing injustice in our society.
We’re all learning what a pandemic is, what terms such as social distancing and sheltering in place really mean. And we at Eastern Washington University are navigating these difficult times with you.
Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane (WSU Spokane) and Eastern Washington University take seriously our responsibility to use state dollars responsibly, while also working to capitalize on growth opportunities inherent to the University District.
EWU is continuing to pursue campuswide budget cuts while raising money for a new football stadium and routing funds into student-athlete scholarships, frustrating some faculty members. President Mary Cullinan, meanwhile, says the university is collecting donations for all kinds of projects and programs.
Eastern Washington University and Western Washington University anchor both sides of our state. While each university is distinctive, our mission and values are similar.
The success of EWU’s football program turns a spotlight on our academic excellence. And, by bringing national attention to our university, athletic success actually adds value to our academic degrees.
Eastern Washington University celebrated homecoming this year by inviting back to campus the alumni who graduated 50 years ago. More than 100 members of the class of 1968 attended our gala weekend: homecoming parade, football win over the University of Idaho, celebratory luncheon, and an array of festive events. I spoke with many of our guests during that weekend. They shared memories and stories. They talked about how Eastern Washington State College prepared them for their careers: They had gone on to be teachers, accountants, bankers, attorneys, business leaders.
The first time Hashim Akeel saw Cheney, he was struck by how small it was. It was 2015 and Akeel, from Saudi Arabia, drove over from the west side to drop off his Saudi friend, who had received a scholarship from his nation’s government to attend Eastern Washington University. Akeel, now a 22-year-old senior psychology major, is one of 411 Saudi students who attend EWU. As a result, Eastern ranks as one of the nation’s top recipients of money from a Saudi government fund that helps students like Akeel study abroad.
New Eastern Washington University athletic director Lynn Hickey will earn $178,566 annually during the course of a five-year contract signed last week. Hickey, who served as interim athletic director beginning Feb. 12, was hired full-time last week by university president Mary Cullinan.
Lynn Hickey’s improbable journey to Eastern Washington University began with a late-January phone call from the parking lot at a Dairy Queen in south Texas. On the other end was EWU President Mary Cullinan with an intriguing offer: Would Hickey be willing to serve as the school’s interim athletic director?
Her first choice was the right one, Eastern Washington President Mary Cullinan has decided. Lynn Hickey, whom Cullinan hired as interim athletic director 10 weeks ago, is now the school’s permanent Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics, university officials confirmed Tuesday night.
For those following Eastern Washington’s search for a new athletic director, it’s already been an intriguing week.