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Chancellor’s Office

Message from Chancellor Lisa J. Brown

When it comes to WSU Health Sciences Spokane, I am unabashed in my enthusiasm for, and pride in, our accomplishments of the past 4 1/2 years. The College of Medicine’s creation and accreditation in less than two years is proof that together we make things happen on this campus. Even before arriving on campus as the chancellor, I was proud to be involved with its evolution as a Washington State legislator. The College of Nursing’s statewide leadership as the producer of the most bachelor of sciences in nursing degrees and the College of Pharmacy’s expansion to Yakima are examples of the healthy growth we’ve witnessed in our colleges.

No less important is the new Spokane Teaching Health Clinic, a result of a collaboration in 2013 that both increased the number of medical residencies in the state and gave WSU the opportunity to allow students to participate in providing health services in an inter-professional manner to our community.

Meanwhile, research grant and contract awards have doubled in a four-year period to more than $29 million, as has the dollar amount for grant and contract proposals submitted to nearly $130 million.

As the designated health sciences campus for the entire Washington State University system, 96 percent of our students are in the health sciences, providing a unique atmosphere of comradery and opportunities for inter-professional education and practice.

That emphasis on health is exemplified by the variety of activities led by students that occur on and off campus, from the health fairs and immunization clinics to the fun runs and stress-relieving activities like free massages and the opportunity to pet furry friends from Spokane’s animal protection service during finals week. Our student leadership organization sponsors nearly 30 extracurricular organizations, from subjects as varied as community service to sustainability. Our Health Equity Circle, Multi-Cultural Club, and Student Entertainment Board are among the groups that plan events and make the campus a stimulating place to study and interact.

Our campus is in the center of 770 acres known as the University District. Students and faculty from Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, Whitworth University and the University of Washington are in the neighborhood, enriching the educational environment.

Situated next to the Spokane River and the Centennial Trail and only a couple of blocks from downtown, our campus is ideally located to allow students the opportunity to take a break from studying and hit the trail for a walk or bike ride. And for after-hours recreation, nearby lakes and mountains give Cougs access to all kinds of activities during all seasons.

Finally, Spokane’s historic, affordable neighborhoods near campus feature arts and entertainment venues that cater to university students who often live close by and use WSU Spokane’s free bus passes. For those who walk and bike to campus, a new bike/pedestrian bridge from Spokane’s south hill medical community directly to campus is among the exciting developments coming soon.

For all of these reasons, WSU Health Sciences Spokane is an amazing place to be.

Lisa J. Brown
Chancellor, WSU Spokane

Margaret Holt,
Asst. to the Chancellor
Lisa J. Brown,