RICHLAND, Wash. – Sandra Haynes, a senior administrator at Metropolitan State University of Denver, is the new chancellor of Washington State University Tri-Cities.
WSU President Kirk Schulz announced Haynes’ hiring Monday, Dec. 18. She will begin her duties on March 1.
As chancellor, Haynes will function as the chief executive officer, representing the campus in the community, guiding campus growth and advocating for WSU Tri-Cities within the WSU statewide system of campuses.
Haynes currently is deputy provost and vice president of academic affairs and a professor in the Department of Human Services at MSU Denver. She oversees all academic affairs units. Previously she was dean of the university’s College of Professional Studies for 13 years.
Ideal skills to advance goals
“Sandra’s leadership skills and collaborative approach to building innovative partnerships promises an exciting future for WSU Tri-Cities as we continue to grow enrollment, academic programs and facilities,” Schulz said. “Her expertise also will shape the pivotal role WSU Tri-Cities will play in achieving our systemwide goal of becoming a top 25 public research university by 2030.”
Expanding WSU’s partnership with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, as well as continuing to ensure access to higher education for residents of eastern Washington, are among the priorities the president has identified for the new chancellor.
“I am honored and humbled to be selected as chancellor of WSU Tri-Cities,” Haynes said. “I look forward to playing a role in the important contributions the campus makes in the Columbia Basin area through quality instruction and the advancement of life-changing research. I am also excited to join the vibrant and engaged Tri-Cities community.”
Haynes’ achievements at Metropolitan State University Denver include identifying alternative sources of funding for the university by creating public-private partnerships and interdisciplinary programs to meet community and workforce needs. She also established best practices for the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty.
Haynes is a licensed psychologist and has authored several articles and book chapters. Her research interests range from topics in neuropsychology to philosophical issues regarding punishment to applied topics in human services and psychology and in higher education. She earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in experimental neuropsychology at Colorado State University, where she also competed a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Haynes was one of four finalists for the chancellorship following a nationwide search. The finalists recently visited the WSU Tri-Cities and Pullman campuses, where they met students, faculty, staff and members of the community. Haynes replaces H. Keith Moo-Young, who served as chancellor for more than four years.
WSU Tri-Cities enrolls 1,937 students, more than 70 percent of whom study STEM-related academic disciplines. The campus offers 20 undergraduate and 33 graduate degrees.
WSU Tri-Cities student body is the most diverse among the university’s six campuses, with 38.9 percent of students identifying as minorities. WSU Tri-Cities hosts six university colleges, including Nursing, Medicine, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Agricultural, Human and Natural Sciences, as well as the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
The campus is home to the Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory, a WSU-PNNL managed research and teaching laboratory.
In 2015, the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center, one of the most technologically advanced wine science centers in the world, opened at WSU Tri-Cities.
Construction of on-campus housing recently began and is expected to open next August.
The campus is also home to the region’s largest alternative teaching certification program and the Hanford History Project.
See WSU News, https://news.wsu.edu/2017/12/18/sandra-haynes-named-wsu-tri-cities-chancellor
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Mission Support Alliance Recognized by Secretary of State for Community Involvement
Hanford contractor Mission Support Alliance (MSA) was recently recognized by Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman as part of the 2017 Corporations for Communities Award. Corporations for Communities honors extraordinary Washington businesses that give their best efforts in helping their communities.
As the recipient of an Honorable Mention award, MSA was recognized for its corporate giving and community outreach program, MSA Cares, as well as the outstanding efforts by employees to raise money for and donate volunteer time to non-profit organizations in our community.
Secretary Wyman noted, “Washington is blessed to have so many caring companies that give back to their communities in a variety of ways. This awards program is a great way to recognize companies that go above and beyond to make a difference.”
In recent years, MSA has more than doubled the number of employees who participate in volunteer activities. President Bob Wilkinson is proud of the impact MSA continues to make, “As individuals and as a company, MSA makes a positive difference in the Tri-Cities. We value the effort our employees and their families personally invest in giving back. We’re proud to accept this honorable mention from Secretary Wyman and look forward to continuing to help the community.”
More information about the award and recipients can be found here.
For the 15th consecutive year, Benton PUD received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for Benton PUD’s 2016 comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).
The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a governmental entity and its management. The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.
The Government Finance Officers Association is a non-profit professional association serving approximately 19,000 government finance professionals.
Benton PUD serves over 53,000 customers electricity and wholesale broadband in Kennewick, Prosser, Finley, Benton City and surrounding areas in Benton County with offices located at 2721 W. 10th Avenue in Kennewick and 250 N. Gap Road in Prosser.
Eight researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are leading the way in solving the world's biggest challenges, as evidenced by other researchers referencing their papers.
These citations are tracked by Clarivate Analytics (formerly part of Thomson Reuters), which analyzed publication and citation statistics between 2005-2015. Clarivate Analytics annually releases a list of scientists from around the world whose citations rank in the top one percent within 21 subject areas. It features the most frequently cited researchers as determined by the extent to which their papers have supported, influenced, inspired and challenged other researchers around the globe.
Four of the PNNL scientists were recognized in the categories of chemistry and material sciences for their publications and citations on energy storage or battery research.
Two PNNL scientists were recognized in the geosciences category for their ongoing work to better understand the impact of clouds and small particles in the atmosphere on climate.
Two PNNL scientists were recognized for important contributions in pharmacology & toxicology and chemistry that have important implications for human health.
Susan Bauer, PNNL, (509) 372-6083
i3 Global, an independent media services firm that offers award-winning branding, marketing and communication strategies in both federal and commercial marketspaces has been awarded THREE Gold Awards in the 2017 MarCom Awards. This Kennewick based firm was selected in this international competition based on its extraordinary results achieved from an internal rebranding campaign for i3 Global, and for branding and website design for its client, Tri-City Water Follies.
Hosted by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP), the 2017 MarCom Awards honor excellence in marketing and communications disciplines while recognizing the creativity, hard work and generosity of industry professionals. Winning companies are selected from approximately 6,000 entries across 322 categories.
i3 Global was awarded the Gold Award in the branding refresh category for an internal re-branding campaign. They also received two Gold Award for work with their client, Tri-City Water Follies. These were in the categories of website redesign and implementation of a strategic branding campaign.
“It isn’t every day that teams win three MarCom Gold awards,” said Kris Lapp, president of i-3 Global. These awards reflect the talent of the individuals we have on our media team and we are proud to have provided creative services for an important community event like the Tri-City Water Follies.”
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