President Smith to Resume Busy Schedule Gradually

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University President Samuel H. Smith expects to be
back at work next week in time for the Board of Regents meeting May 7 and the university’s 103rd
commencement May 8. Following graduation, he will gradually resume his typically busy
Smith had successful prostate cancer surgery at the University of Washington Medical
Center on March 31 and has been recuperating since then.
“President Smith has been doing work by telephone and e-mail over the past 10 days and is
eager to get back,” said Sally Savage, the president’s chief of staff. “He has been particularly
interested in following the Legislative session that concluded over the past weekend with
excellent operating and capital budgets for WSU.”
When he is back on campus, the president is going to return to his normal schedule
gradually to make sure his recovery continues on track, Savage said. He will be handling priority
administrative responsibilities, but will be doing fewer public events and less travel during the
next few weeks.