Elizabeth Chilton, Washington State University’s provost and executive vice president, will also become the first chancellor of the flagship Pullman campus in a phased transition culminating on July 1, 2022.
Chilton, who joined WSU a year ago, said she is “honored and thrilled to take on this expanded role in the next year.” She added, “Our Pullman campus is distinct from the other campuses in its history, size, and local community. It’s our only residential campus and it’s the seat of Cougar Athletics. When it comes to decisions affecting the Pullman campus operations or our relationships with communities and constituencies on the Palouse, the campus needs the same distinctive autonomy afforded our other WSU campuses,” she said.
“As an anthropologist, Dr. Chilton understands the connections between people and place as well as how individual units function as part of a system,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz. “Her cumulative expertise in public university systems makes her the natural choice to become the first chancellor of WSU Pullman.”