Jensen-Byrd, Governor Inslee visits, and more campus news

Jensen Byrd Building

Time for a potpourri of news items related to WSU Spokane:

Jensen-Byrd developer selected

WSU Spokane has chosen JB LLC, a proposed limited liability corporation led by Dean Allen, the CEO of McKinstry and Wally Trace of Trace Real Estate Services, as the developer for the Jensen-Byrd property on the southwest side of campus.

The property includes the empty six-story Jensen-Byrd warehouse and 4.1 total acres. JB LLC plans on maintaining the primary facades of the building.

JB LLC will now enter negotiations with WSU Spokane on a lease agreement. What the property will become will be decided at a later date.

Governor Jay Inslee visits the University District

Jay Inslee

Governor Jay Inslee was in Spokane last week to tout last year’s transportation package passed by the legislature. That package included the final funds needed to build the University District Gateway Bridge, which will connect the south part of our campus to the Sprague business neighborhood:

Spokane's University District

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers tours the Spokane Teaching Health Clinic

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers visited campus recently to tour the Spokane Teaching Health Clinic, which is currently under construction.

The clinic will be open this summer and will serve patients from underserved areas of Spokane. It’ll also allow for WSU Spokane health sciences students to gain experience on campus in a health care setting.

Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel selected as next College of Nursing Dean

Joyce Griffin-SobelJoyce P. Griffin-Sobel will be the next dean of the WSU College of Nursing. She will begin on May 16.

Griffin-Sobel is currently the dean and a professor at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse and has more than 25 years of experience in academic nursing.

She was a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1988 to 1995.