March 28, 2016
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WSU hires new president: Kirk Schulz, president of Kansas State University

The Washington State University Board of Regents on Friday named Kirk Schulz as the 11th president of WSU. Schultz has been Kansas State University president (and a professor of chemical engineering) for seven years. He will transition into the top WSU leadership job by June.

Before his appointment as president, Schulz served as vice president for research and economic development, dean of engineering, and director of the Swalm School of Chemical Engineering at Mississippi State University. He has also served on the faculty at Michigan Technological University and the University of North Dakota. WSU has more on his life and experience here.

In addition to leading KSU, Schulz is chair of the NCAA board of governors, the association’s highest-ranking decision-making body. As chair, he helps oversee issues across the association.

Gov. Jay Inslee welcomed the news – and Schulz – to Washington by pointing to the university’s important role in research and development: “WSU, our land grant university, is opening doors for students all around the state and advancing innovative research in everything from clean energy to sustainable and precision agriculture.”

The Daily Evergreen, Seattle Times, Associated Press and Puget Sound Business Journal have more on the new WSU president.

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Public Charter Schools Are Working

Gov. Inslee should sign charter school bill, let students achieve their dreams

By Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Seattle

As a state, we cannot let go of our ability to lift hardworking people out of poverty. We must do everything within our power to ensure public education remains a powerful ladder to success for every child in Washington. We cannot allow the leaders and innovators of future generations to slip through the cracks simply because we were too stuck in our ways to create the change we know they needed.

ESSSB 6194, a bill to keep Washington's public charter schools open for the long-term and an option for all communities across the state, now sits on Inslee's desk awaiting his signature. The bill, which passed both houses of the Legislature with bipartisan support, provides excellent educational opportunities for hundreds of students today, and potentially thousands of students in the future. ...

I have heard some of my fellow legislators who oppose ESSSB 6194 say we either need to fix every problem in public education for every student in Washington or do nothing at all. I urge the governor to reject such false choices.

I urge the governor to sign the charter-school bill, which would keep these students on the path to achieving their dreams and build upon Washington's foundation of innovation and accountability in public education.

Click here to read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times
Washington Employers Are Leading the Way

Something old and something new: How Seattle's viaduct is being recycled in the tunnel

By Richard D. Oxley, MyNorthwest.com

Parts of Seattle's viaduct may be torn down, but in a way, those parts won't truly be gone.

Nucor, the state's largest metal recycler, takes scrap steel from portions of the torn down Alaskan Way Viaduct through downtown Seattle and forges it into new product.

The recycling effort is currently featured in a commercial produced by the Association of Washington Business...

Click here to read the full story at MyNorthwest.com
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