Oaks Named Dean for Extended University Services

PULLMAN, Wash. — In an administrative realignment effective March 1, Muriel Oaks will become dean for Washington State University’s Extended University Services.

According to Provost Ron Hopkins, Oaks’ direct responsibilities at this time include Distance Degree Programs, Educational Telecommunications and Technology, and Conferences and Professional Programs.

Oaks has already been overseeing these activities since 1993, serving first as director and then associate vice president for EUS. She then served for the past eight months as interim vice president for Extended University Affairs.

Hopkins said the change is being made now to align this portion of the university’s outreach activities more closely with the Provost’s Office and academic affairs. The vice presidency for EUA will be abolished.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the University of Idaho, Oaks worked as a medical technologist for 10 years in California, the District of Columbia and Pullman. She earned her doctorate from WSU and began working for the university in 1979 in Grant and Research Development.

She moved to EUS, then Continuing University Studies, in 1983, where she served as program coordinator, director of Extended Academic Programs from 1983 to 1993 and director of WHETS from 1988 to 1993, before becoming director of EUS in 1993.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Muriel’s qualifications and experience in this important role,” Hopkins said. “She is a strong advocate for the outreach programs of Washington State University.”