Chancellor Daryll B. DeWald
My first months as chancellor of the WSU Health Sciences campus have been exhilarating. In my new role I have been tasked with helping the campus realize its vision in health sciences education and research so that we can continue our trajectory of excellence in the national arena. What I’ve known is that we are already well on our way; we have a terrific team.
We are here to improve human health and develop a culture of health. Our three colleges and several departments are doing that every day.
The College of Pharmacy, one of the oldest colleges at WSU, is currently ranked 33rd out of all pharmacy schools in the country by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in terms of National Institutes of Health funding. Founded in 1891, the College relocated from Pullman to this campus in Spokane in December 2013, but has been heavily involved in the Spokane health care community since the 1970s through internships, experiential rotations, and pharmacy residency programs. These opportunities are critical to the expanding role of pharmacists who now do so much more than dispense medications.
The College of Nursing, established in 1969, was named a 2017 Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing, one of just 15 universities and health-care centers to receive the honor. Among many other unique programs, the College of Nursing offers an RN-to-BSN program for working professionals to earn their bachelor’s degrees. In fact, over the years our graduate programs have evolved to meet the health care needs of the state. We offer two tracks in the Master of Nursing in Population Health degree: one that prepares students for leadership roles in acute and outpatient settings, and one that prepares graduates to work as college or university faculty. Our Master in Health Policy and Administration serves a broader range of professionals, preparing students for leadership roles in health care management and policy.
Our newest college on campus—the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine—is also the newest medical school in the state. Its uniqueness doesn’t end there. It’s the only community-based medical school in the upper northwestern part of the country, giving students the opportunity to spend their third and fourth years in four communities where WSU has campuses, including Spokane. Student train to serve in Washington communities where they are needed most.
There’s much more to tell. I’m proud that our research grants and contracts have doubled over the last three years; that our Sleep and Performance Research Center continues to receive national media attention; that our Speech and Hearing Services program leverages its partnership with Eastern Washington University to create a dynamic learning environment; that our Nutrition and Exercise Physiology program is consistently searching out ways to be relevant, including the revamp of their MS thesis and PhD track; and that WSU hosts much-needed medical residents and a medical clinic on campus through the Spokane Teaching Health Center.
In the short 29 years as a campus this team has accomplished much, always with the aim of getting better. I look forward to helping us accomplish more and to be integral to WSU’s goal of being a top 25 research university. To do that, I plan to partner in securing public and private opportunities that will result in growth in research and infrastructure.
Asst. to the Chancellor