Founding Executive Director of the School of Engineering and Computer Science

Washington State University Tri-Cities in Washington

Deadline April 01, 2014
Date Posted February 19, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Washington State University Tri-Cities, in southeast Washington, invites applications and nominations for the founding Executive Director of the proposed School of Engineering and Computer Science. The successful candidate will begin July 2014. The leadership position provides an exceptional opportunity for an experienced engineering educator and administrator to shape and position the new engineering and computer science school.   


The Search Profile is available here, or at: 


The Opportunity

Washington State University Tri-Cities is seeking separate ABET accreditation for the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science programs offered on its campus. These programs currently are ABET accredited as part of the College of Engineering and Architecture at Washington State University Pullman. When independent accreditation is received, the three programs will form the new School of Engineering and Computer Science and will be under the leadership of the founding Executive Director.

The founding Executive Director will have an entrepreneurial spirit to build and develop the vibrant and growing campus community.  This position is a leadership and administrative position at WSU Tri-Cities.

The Executive Director will have the credentials to be appointed at the rank of professor with tenure. The administrator also will be designated a CH2M Hill Fellow.

Responsibilities will include coordination and collaboration in academic planning, budgeting, hiring, capital and space planning, annual and third-year reviews, tenure and promotion, and independent accreditation of all programs. The Executive Director also is responsible for student outcomes assessment, student recruitment and retention, marketing, communication, brand development, graduate student development and recruitment, and other applicable academic and administrative processes.

The proposed School of Engineering and Computer Science will have a total of 16 faculty at the Tri-Cities campus. The School will maintain comprehensive research and offer Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees.

In partnership with the University's Pullman campus, the WSU Tri-Cities faculty will offer doctoral courses, research training, and dissertation opportunities in eight fields of study: civil, mechanical, electrical, biological systems engineering, chemical engineering, computer science, education, and environmental science.  

This position is part of WSU's priority to build a diverse faculty and, as such, female and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.



Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in an engineering discipline or a closely related field.  Requirements include a minimum of five years of experience with demonstrated leadership ability and exhibited strength in research, teaching, public service, and community engagement.

Proven ability to cultivate relationships with industry and alumni to benefit teaching, research, and outreach programs, as well as experience with ABET accreditation, is required. The successful candidate will have exceptional communication and interpersonal skills. 

A record in designing and delivering innovative programs in interdisciplinary research and the advancement of undergraduate and graduate education to a diverse student body is desired. 


About WSU Tri-Cities

WSU Tri-Cities is an urban campus of Washington State University, located in Richland, which, along with Kennewick and Pasco, make up the Tri-Cities. The campus draws from a regional population of approximately 260,000 and is located in the heart of Washington wine country.

WSU Tri-Cities offers 18 bachelor's, 10 master's and six doctoral degrees. The growing campus has approximately 1,500 students who are served by nearly 80 full-time faculty and more than 250 adjunct faculty, many of whom are full-time researchers and scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). PNNL and WSU also partner in the Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory (BSEL), a research and teaching laboratory that features the Biorefinery and the Combinatorial Catalysis Research Lab. 

Legislative funding, tremendous community leadership, and support, and partnerships with businesses and community organizations, have resulted in many exciting new and expanded initiatives. Delta High, a new STEM high school, exemplifies the collaboration between WSU Tri-Cities and the extensive science and technology communities.  

WSU Tri-Cities currently is seeking the designation as the only public, four-year Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in Washington and has model outreach programs including MESA and GEAR-UP.


About Washington State University

The state's land-grant research university, Washington State University was founded in Pullman in 1890. Today, it is co-located in Pullman and Spokane with additional campuses in the Tri-Cities (Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick) and in Vancouver, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. Regional Learning Centers and the Distance Degree Programs offer access to WSU degrees statewide and beyond.

WSU students statewide are of diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds from throughout the nation and about 98 foreign countries, and they come together in an academic community committed to education and leadership development. WSU has more than 26,300 students statewide.


About Richland and the Tri-Cities Region

The WSU Tri-Cities campus is in Richland, which is located at the confluence of the Columbia and Yakima Rivers in southeastern Washington. Richland offers an enviable combination of natural amenities and city services that contributes to a high quality of life. Named one of the best places in the U.S. to raise children, according to magazine, Richland's ranking was based on the number of public parks and playgrounds, how much money is spent on educating children, income levels, and affordability.

Richland is part of the Tri-Cities region, which enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year, which allows year-around outdoor activities. The confluence of the Snake, Yakima, and Columbia rivers has produced an aquatic playground that beckons water lovers from across the region.

Professional sport teams include the Tri-Cities Americans WHL ice-hockey team, Tri-City Dust Devils baseball team, and the Tri-Cities Fever arena football team. Golf is one of the Tri-Cities most popular sports, with ten beautiful courses available. 

Nestled in the heart of Washingtons wine country, the Tri-Cities region has more than 100 wineries and produces 99 percent of the wine in the state.


WSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Educator and Employer. Members of ethnic minorities, women, Vietnam-era or disabled veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 or over are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations for applicants who qualify under the Americans with Disability Act are available upon request. WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services.


Nominations and Application Process

Confidential inquiries are welcomed; nominations are invited. They should include the name, current position, e-mail address, and telephone number of the individual being nominated.


An application should include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position; a curriculum vitae; a statement of leadership vision, research plans, teaching experience and interests, and three professional references. References will not be contacted without consent from applicants.  Nominations and application materials must be submitted to:

Initial screening of applications begins immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. For best consideration, materials should be submitted by April 1, 2014.

Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting is assisting Washington State University Tri-Cities Campus with this search. The consultants are: Emily Parker Myers, President and CEO, and Hunter Godsey, Vice President.


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