Mays named academic vice chancellor at WSU Tri-Cities

Mays-April-2014-80RICHLAND, Wash. – Michael Mays has been named vice chancellor for academic affairs at Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland.

He has served as interim vice chancellor since January. He joined WSU Tri-Cities in August 2012 as assistant vice chancellor for the College of Arts and Sciences programs. He previously was English department chair and professor at the University of Southern Mississippi where he worked 1993-2012.

The vice chancellor provides visionary leadership and strategic direction to undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts and sciences, business, education, engineering and computer science, nursing, and viticulture and enology, and to academic services such as advising and tutoring.

“Dr. Mays has been instrumental on this journey to incorporate our tenets of dynamic student engagement, dynamic research experiences and dynamic community engagement into the Office of Academic Affairs,” said Chancellor H. Keith Moo-Young. “His steadfast commitment in this leadership role – combined with his professional experience in teaching, scholarly research and administration – will serve our campus well through the ongoing transformation of WSU Tri-Cities.”

Mays earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington with a research focus on modern and contemporary Irish and English literature.

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