Chancellors mark 25 years of regional campuses at capitol

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

25-anniversaryOLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington State University chancellors traveled to the state capitol this week to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the regional campuses and to witness passage of Senate Resolution 8663 honoring their 1989 founding.

In addition to providing expanded access to higher education throughout the state, the campuses drive economic development by strengthening the regional workforces they serve.

Chancellors from WSU and UW attend a ceremony with the governor this week to celebrate the 25th anniversary of regional campuses.

The event represented a historic accomplishment in serving students in higher education, said WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Keith Moo-Young.

In particular, “WSU Tri-Cities has a long-standing history of providing students with opportunities for hands-on learning in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics),” he said. “We look forward to another 25 years of offering even greater opportunities.”

Legislation passed in 1989 allowed WSU to open campuses in Spokane, Tri-Cities and Vancouver. The University of Washington has branch campuses in Bothell and Tacoma.

In Olympia, Gov. Jay Inslee recognized the campuses and chancellors for their dedication to educational excellence and access to higher education. In addition to Moo-Young, WSU chancellors Lisa Brown, Spokane, and Mel Netzhammer, Vancouver, participated.


Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities public relations, 509-372-7333,