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Chancellor FInalist Forum, 12:10 to 1:15 p.m., East Auditorium

Public forum with a finalist for the chancellor's position, 12:10 to 1:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in the East Building Auditorium, 2710 Crimson Way. Open to students, faculty, staff, community partners, and the general public.

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Chancellor finalist Ronald Brown to visit WSU Tri-Cities on Feb. 11

RICHLAND, Wash. – The search committee for the next chancellor of Washington State University Tri-Cities has completed its preliminary work and has identified finalist candidates for the position. The second finalist will be on campus next Monday, Feb. 11, for interviews and a public forum.

Campus and community members are invited to meet Ronald T. Brown during a forum from 12:10 to 1:15 p.m. in the East Building Auditorium, 2710 Crimson Way, Richland.

Brown is provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. Wayne State enrolls about 32,000 students and employs about 7,780 people.

Before joining Wayne State in August 2010, he was dean of the College of Health Professions and Social Work at Temple University in Philadelphia. Brown earned his Ph.D. from Georgia State University and his bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Emory University. He is a pediatric psychologist who specializes in children and adolescents with chronic illnesses, attention deficit disorders and learning disabilities.

During the Feb. 11 forum, Brown will make a presentation about community partnerships, campus engagement, and the chancellor’s role. The session includes the opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

The chancellor is the chief executive officer of WSU Tri-Cities and reports to the president of WSU. As the visionary leader of WSU Tri-Cities, the chancellor provides the overall direction for all campus programs, activities, and services. In this role, the chancellor also is responsible for academic leadership, fiscal management, and the physical and human resource development of the Tri-Cities campus.

James R. Pratt, vice chancellor for academic affairs, has been serving as interim chancellor for the urban campus following the departure last summer of Vicky L. Carwein, who left to be chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in Indiana.

WSU President Elson S. Floyd appointed a 17-member search committee in August 2012 to lead the search for the next chancellor of WSU Tri-Cities. The application process was facilitated by R. William Funk & Associates, a search firm based in Dallas, Texas, that specializes in higher education leadership.

In addition to the public forum, each candidate has a full day’s schedule meeting with faculty, administrators, student government, local business leaders, and the search committee.

WSU Tri-Cities is located along the scenic Columbia River in Richland, Wash. WSU Tri-Cities was established in 1989 as one of three urban campuses within Washington State University’s statewide system. WSU Tri-Cities expanded in 2007 to a full four-year undergraduate campus offering 18 bachelor’s, 10 master’s, and six doctoral degree programs. WSU Tri-Cities values quality, innovation, experiential learning, community collaborations, and a campus rich in diversity. Learn more at



Media contact:
Melissa O’Neil Perdue, WSU Tri-Cities Marketing and Communications Manager, 509-372-7319, cell/text 509-727-3094,

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 12:10pm to 1:15pm