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Central Washington University

2017 State of the University

Former Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and King County Executive Ron Sims will join Central Washington University President James L. Gaudino at this year’s State of the University address on Thursday, February 16, 2017 in the McIntyre Concert Hall on the CWU campus. The two will discuss the importance of embracing diversity and inclusiveness.


The State of the University will begin at 1 p.m. with an address by Gaudino, followed by Sims. The two will meet from 2:30-3:15 p.m. with a small group of students in the Wellington Event Center followed by a meeting with faculty from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Mary Grupe Center.


In his presentation, Gaudino will explain that the university recognizes the need to adapt to not only rapidly-advancing technological changes but also changing student demographics. For example, in 2004, students of color comprised only 14 percent of the total student enrollment at CWU but in 2016, students of color represented a third of the incoming freshman class.


Sims, who is a CWU alumnus, will speak about the necessity of inclusiveness to foster educational effectiveness. He spent 12 years as King County Executive, earning a national reputation for his integration of environmental, social equity, and public health policies. His leadership helped produce groundbreaking work on climate change, health care reform, affordable housing, mass transit, environmental protection, land use, and equity and social justice. He served as Deputy Secretary for HUD from 2009-2011 and is former chair of the Puget Sound Leadership Council. Sims now chairs the Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board and is chair of the executive committee of the Regional Open Space Strategy, which seeks to conserve and enhance the ecological, economic, recreational, and aesthetic vitality of the central Puget Sound region.


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Media contact: Richard Moreno, director of content development, 509-963-2714,

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