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People Who Made a Difference over CWU’s First 125 years

1889-13 | `13-30 | `30-38 | `38-53 | `53-64 | `64-68 | `68-73 | `73-85 | `85-97 | `97-Present

The story of a university is really the story of its people. That’s certainly true at Central, which, over the course of its first 125 years, has been blessed with a great number of supportive, exceptional individuals who have helped shape the character of CWU.

Following are people who have helped Central transition from a normal school to one of the fastest growing universities in the West. You'll recognize the names from the many CWU buildings named in honor of these remarkable people.

  1. State Senator Eugene T. Wilson of Ellensburg introduced the legislation creating the Washington State Normal School in Ellensburg on November 25, 1889 and signed into law by Gov. Elisha P. Ferry on March 28, 1890. Wilson served in the state senate from 1889-1893.
  2. Benjamin F. Barge
    Benjamin F. Barge was the first principal of the Normal School in 1891. Barge presided over the school’s opening on September 6, 1891 and served as principal until 1894. CWU’s first building, Barge Hall, which opened in 1894, is named for him.
  3. Fannie C. Norris, Rose Rice, and William N. Hull were the first to be hired at the Normal School in 1891. Hull, who served as assistant principal, stayed until 1893.
  4. Phares A. Getz was the second principal of the Normal School. Getz was hired in 1894 to replace Benjamin F. Barge and served until 1898.
  5. Mary A. Grupe was head of the psychology department and director of teacher training at from 1897 to 1907 and again from 1912 to 1929. Grupe originally taught art, but after studying psychology in Chicago and New York, became a professor in the field of experimental psychology.
  6. William E. Wilson was named the third principal in July 1898. During his tenure, the school grew from 220 students and 11 faculty members to more than 700 students and 30 faculty members. Wilson served until 1916.
  7. John H. Morgan was vice principal and chair of the department of mathematics from 1892-1916. He also was elected mayor of Ellensburg in 1906. Following his departure from the Normal School, he became principal of Ellensburg High School from 1917-1929. Ellensburg’s Morgan Middle School is named for him.
  8. John P. Munson served as a biology professor and chair of the biology department from 1899-1928. He was known for his research in the development of animal egg and sperm cells. In the late 1940s, his family established the John P. Munson Scholarship in his name.
  9. Princess Kamola (also spelled Quo-Mollah) was the daughter of Yakima Chief Owhi and wife of Chief Moses of the Columbia tribe. CWU is located on ceded land, property that was transferred from the tribe to the U.S. government in the Yakima Nation Treaty of 1855. Kamola Hall, built in 1911 and the second oldest building on campus, was named in her honor.
  10. Clara Meisner was director of kindergarten classes and a German teacher from 1906-1937. She was instrumental in gaining state funding for kindergartens statewide. A sculpture inside the foyer of Hebeler Hall titled Affection, by W.M. Zorach, honors her contributions.
  11. Henry J. Whitney served as registrar, vice principal, and dean of instruction from 1908-1942.
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  12. Loren D. Sparks was a professor in the education department from 1913-1950. Sparks was also the men’s physical education instructor and coached the men’s basketball team from 1913-1917.
  13. William T. Stephens served in a variety of roles at Central from1915-1949. He was head of the training school for three years before becoming chair of the department of psychology and philosophy.
  14. Sue Lombard Horsely was the first woman on the Board of Trustees. Lombard served on the board from 1915-1928.
  15. Mabel T. Anderson was a student and, later, a professor at Central. She enrolled in 1916 and two years later became the third grade teacher in the campus training school. After earning a master’s degree at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, she returned to Central and taught in the education program until 1963.
  16. George H. Black became the fourth principal in 1916. He is credited with modernizing the school, including overseeing the construction of Shaw-Smyser Hall and raising admission standards. He served as principal (and, later, as president when the title changed) until 1929.
  17. Amanda Hebeler
    Amanda C. Hebeler was director of the Edison training school from 1924-1956 and a professor of education from 1935 until her retirement in 1960. She planned the construction of Hebeler Hall, named in her honor, which included 10 classrooms, a gymnasium, auditorium, cafeteria, and library.
  18. Eric T. “Joe” Moe and Catherine H. “Kitty” Moe (class of 1925) were generous donors and supporters of the university. The Ellensburg pioneers established the Catherine Hall Moe Scholarship endowment to help undergrads majoring in education and graduate students majoring in art. They also established the Eric Tjossem Moe scholarship fund to support outstanding freshman and transfer students.
  19. George F. Beck served as a geology professor from 1925-1959. He was the co-discoverer of the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park in Vantage in 1927.
  20. Harold W. Quigley was a professor in the Education Department from 1925-1951. He was hired to coach the football team and teach health education classes. Quigley quit coaching after two years, despite having a successful record, to devote himself to teaching biological sciences and zoology classes.
  21. Mary Juanita Davies was a music professor and pianist from 1928-1965. She organized a women’s ensemble to offer music programs for the public. She conducted the glee club, taught music to children, and accompanied other musicians on campus.
  22. Dorothy Dean taught chemistry from 1928-1968. Dean Hall, constructed in 1968, was named in her honor and the Dorothy Dean Memorial Chemistry Scholarship is awarded each year to the top undergraduate or graduate chemistry students.
  23. Jennie Moore, who was an assistant professor of education from 1929-1938, directed the instruction for rural school school teachers who would be working in one-room schoolhouses in the state.
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  24. Selden F. Smyser was acting president from 1930-31 and a respected professor of social science from 1916-1942.
  25. Robert E. McConnell served as the fifth president from 1931-1959. McConnell helped CWU weather economic challenges during the Great Depression as well as the enormous growth of the university after World War II. (See sidebar for more details about his tenure)
  26. Mary Coffin Holmes was professor of English and social science, and served as Dean of Women from 1931-1940. A published poet, Holmes’ work appeared in the New Yorker magazine and in several books. Holmes Dining Room, built in 1962 and demolished in 2004, was named in her honor. The name was revived in 2004 for the dining area in the SURC.
  27. Victor J. Bouillon was a longtime member of the Board of Trustees, serving from 1931 to 1963. Bouillon was president of Washington National Bank in Ellensburg and a strong supporter of the university.
  28. Dean Nicholson
    Leo D. and Dean Nicholson were the winningest father-son coaches in collegiate basketball history. Leo Nicholson posted a 505-281 record between 1930 and 1964; his son, who coached from 1964-1990, had a 609-202 record at Central. Nicholson Pavilion is named after Leo Nicholson, who died in 1967. Dean Nicholson Boulevard is named after his son.
  29. Harold P. Barto arrived in 1932 to serve as an assistant football coach and history professor. He became the registrar in 1942, head of social sciences from 1946-48, and taught until he retired in 1960.
  30. H. Glenn Hogue was chair of the department of fine and applied arts from 1932-1958, and an art professor from 1927-1959. He introduced ceramics into the curriculum and served as faculty advisor of the Hyakem yearbook for more than 20 years.
  31. Emil E. Samuelson taught from 1932-1968. Additionally, he was chair of the division of education psychology, and philosophy, as well as director of placement for 15 years, and dean of students for seven years.
  32. Reginald M. Shaw was an influential professor of geography from 1935-1952. Shaw was known for his research on the Columbia River. James L. Brooks, CWU’s president from 1961-1978, and a geography professor himself, was among Shaw's students.
  33. Edmund L. Lind taught chemistry from 1935-1964. He chaired the department and the science and mathematics division for 28 years. He also conducted research for the Atomic Energy Commission at Argonne and Oak Ridge national laboratories.
  34. Helen M. Michaelson was an associate professor of home economics from 1937-1970. She developed a modern program in home economics to train teachers for public schools.
  35. Donald P. Jongeward served as head gardener (1937-42) and later superintendent of buildings and grounds and purchasing agent from 1946-1974. Over the course of his long career, the campus grew from eight buildings with fewer than 600 students to 60 structures and more than 6,000 students. The Jongeward Plant Services Building on 11th Avenue was named in his honor in 1978.
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  36. Wayne S. Hertz chaired the music department from 1938-1974. He oversaw tremendous growth in the department, and hired A. Bert Christianson to launch one of the nation's first academic jazz programs in 1947. 
  37. Reino W. Randall was an influential art professor from 1938-1976. He and his wife, Naomi, established the Reino and Naomi Randall Art Lecture Series.
  38. Sarah M. Spurgeon was a professor of art from 1939-1971. Passionate about her students, she hung their work on her clothesline at home to sell to neighbors. Spurgeon’s artwork can be found throughout campus, including in the lobby of Farrell Hall. The art gallery in Randall Hall is named in her honor.
  39. Douglas A. Munro, who attended Central in 1939, is the only member of the United States Coast Guard to have received the Medal of Honor, the country's highest military award. He was honored posthumously for his heroic actions during the Guadalcanal campaign of World War II.
  40. Loretta M. Miller was the first professor to begin teaching special education courses at Central in the 1940s. With her help, Central began offering a master’s level specialization in 1963.
  41. Annette H. Hitchcock was dean of women from 1942-1960, and associate professor of English from 1942-1960. She focused on building leadership skills in women students and helped organize the Ellensburg chapter of the American Association of University Women.
  42. Roy P. Wahle took a leading role in crafting a constitution for the Student Government Association in 1942 and served as the first president until he was drafted into the Army during World War II.
  43. Herbert H. Legg was a prominent Olympia attorney who served as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1957-1960. Legg, who graduated from CWU in 1942 with a degree in social science, was named Distinguished Alumnus for the College of the Sciences in 1983.
  44. Shirley Dickenson Kern became the first woman president of the Student Government Association in 1942 after President Roy Wahle and Vice President Ray Jongeward were drafted into service. With most local men involved in the war effort that year, area apple growers faced a crisis due to a labor shortage. Kern organized CWU students to help pick the fruit and save the harvest.
  45. A. Bert Christianson was director of bands and associate professor of music from 1947-1978. He was the first professor of music with a professional jazz background, having played with Lawrence Welk and Stan Kenton. A tremendous multi-instrumentalist, Christianson also was a remarkable educator, whose protégés included future CWU professors Bob Panerio and John Moawad. He was honored with the Distinguished Music Educator Award from the Northwest Band Masters Association and was inducted into the Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.
  46. Milt G. Kuolt, a 1951 graduate with a degree in economics, was the founder of Thousand Trails, the first private-membership campground, as well as founder of Horizon Air. Kuolt was honored as the College Business Distinguished Alumnus in 1984 and endowed the Kuolt Distinguished Executive-in-Residence Professorship in 1998.
  47. Daniel D. McCracken was a computer scientist who authored over two dozen textbooks on computer programming. He graduated from CWU with degrees in mathematics and chemistry in 1951 and was honored as College of the Sciences Distinguished Alumnus in 1980.
  48. Donald and Verna Duncan endowed a $100,000 scholarship fund for students engaged in community-based service projects in 2007. Donald earned a degree in education from Central in 1951 and a master’s degree in education in 1955, then served as dean of students at CWU from 1963 to 1965. The Civic Engagement Center in the SURC and a music studio in the McIntyre Music Building are named in their honor.
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  49. Corinne Farrell was a donor, research professor, and physician. She graduated in 1953, was honored as the Outstanding Alumna Award in 1969, and delivered the commencement address in 1981.
  50. Milo L. Smith taught from 1956-1989 and was founder and chair of the theatre arts department. He was the driving force behind the black box theatre, named in his honor in 2003.
  51. Dorothy M. Purser was professor of physical education from 1957-2002. Instrumental in establishing the paramedic program, she also coached women’s basketball for 16 years and was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 1985.
  52. Allan B. Swift is an Emmy award-winning broadcaster who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979-1995. He graduated with a degree in education in 1957 and was named the College of Arts and Humanities Distinguished Alumnus in 1987.
  53. Perry H. Mitchell was president from 1958-1961. Mitchell was the school’s registrar for many years.
  54. Eric R. Beardsley served as the men’s wrestling coach from 1959 to 1985. His teams won NAIA national championships in 1971 and 1974. He was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 1983 and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996.
  55. Chester Z. Keller was hired in 1960 and he taught for a year in the psychology department before establishing the philosophy department, which he chaired from 1961 to 1995. He also was instrumental in the creation of the religious studies program in 1974 and its eventual incorporation into the philosophy department.
  56. James E. Brooks
    James E. Brooks served as the sixth president from 1961-1978. Brooks is the only CWU graduate to serve as president. During his tenure, the campus expanded from 100 to 360 acres, enrollment grew by nearly 6,000 students, and he transitioned Central from a college that offered only undergraduate degrees to a master's degree-granting university.
  57. Robert A. “Bob” Moawad, brother of John Moawad, was a standout baseball and basketball player in the early 1960s. He founded Edge Learning Institute, a professional development company that helps organizations increase productivity. He was honored as Distinguished Alumnus in 1994 and inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996.
  58. William Seraile is a retired professor of African and African-American studies at Lehman College, where he taught for 36 years. He earned a degree in social science at CWU in 1963 and was named Outstanding Alumnus in 2009 and College of Arts and Humanities Distinguished Alumnus in 2012. The Williams Seraile Scholarship helps students who have overcome personal hardship.
  59. Robert M. “Beep” Panerio taught music theory and composition and trumpet from 1963-1991. Panerio, a former orchestrator for NBC studios in New York, mentored scores of public school educators and wrote the band piece Jubiloso, which earned the 1974 Oswald Award as best band composition in North America. Panerio, whom Wayne Hertz called "The best music theory teacher on the planet," was honored with the Distinguished Professor award for creativity in 1982 and was the College of Arts and Humanities Distinguished Alumnus in 2008. He and his wife, Shar, endowed the Robert Panerio Trumpet Scholarship in the 1990s.
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  60. Patrick R. O’Shaughnessy
    Patrick R. O’Shaughnessy was an influential accounting professor, hired in 1964 when the College of Business was in its infancy. He taught for 35 years and earned the Distinguished Professor award for teaching in 1982.
  61. John P. Foster was a professor of journalism specializing in photography from 1965-1995. His work has appeared in numerous national publications including Sports Illustrated, Time, the Associated Press, and the Seattle Times. His award winning rodeo photography earned him a spot in the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2001.
  62. Thomas J. “Tom” Parry was head football coach from 1966-1983. His 95 career victories make him the most successful football coach in school history. He was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992.
  63. Gloria J. Craig served the vice president of business affairs in 1966 and became the secretary to campus presidents Donald Garrity, James Pappas, and Ivory Nelson. She retired in 1994. The Gloria J. Craig Memorial Rose Garden is named for her.
  64. Robert J. “Bob” Gregson was head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming teams from 1966-1999, earning NAIA national coach of the year honors in 1984. Gregson’s men’s teams won three national swimming and diving titles (1984, 1986, and 1987) while his women’s team was NAIA national champions in 1986. He was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.
  65. Donald E. Wise was dean of men from 1966-1990. Additionally, he helped create the annual Yakima River Clean Up event in 1973.
  66. Catherine “Cathy” Benedetto played on the women’s basketball team from 1966-1970 and, in 1967, on the U.S. national team that competed in the World Games and the Pan American Games. She a five-time All-American softball player. She was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 1983.
  67. Ann A. Kiessling is a reproductive biologist and one of the nation’s premier researchers involved with the study of human stem cells. She earned a degree in chemistry at CWU in 1966 and a master’s degree in organic chemistry in 1967. She was honored as College of the Sciences Distinguished Alumna in 2010.
  68. Ronald P. Erickson is founder, chair, and chief operating officer of Visualant, Inc., a photon imaging and authentication company. The Ellensburg native has more than 35 years of experience as a manager, attorney, and executive in leading technology, consumer product, and retail firms. A CWU alumnus (history, 1966), he has served on the Board of Trustees since 2010.
  69. Betty Jean Putnam taught physical education from 1967-1991 and served as Dean of Extended University Programs. She was a longtime field hockey coach and inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012. She has been an active supporter and participant in CWU’s Living History Project.
  70. Betty Ewart Evans taught playwriting from 1967-1997 and frequently appeared on stage and directed numerous CWU productions. Following her death in 1997, her estate established the Betty Evans Shakespeare Scholarship.
  71. Jerome K. Miller was an assistant professor of instructional media, acquisitions librarian, and coordinator of audiovisual library services from 1967-1974. He endowed the Charles Wright Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence in honor of his mentor, Charles W. Wright.
  72. George Macinko taught geology from 1967-1997 and, in 1979, was honored with the Distinguished Professor award in research for his work in land use planning . His wife, Maryann, endowed the George Macinko scholarship award in 2004.
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  73. Frederick “Fred” Lister was a professor of mathematics from 1968-1988 and avid tennis player. Following his death in 2012, his family donated $300,000—the largest gift in athletic department history to date—to create the Fred and Valerie Lister Tennis Facility, replacing Central’s aging tennis courts and facilities.
  74. Walter “Spike”Arlt taught physical education for more than 30 years (1968-1998) and was the long-time coach of the university’s track and field team. His service is commemorated with the Spike Arlt Invitational Track Meet; he was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.
  75. David L. Boushey is founder of the International Stunt School and member of The Hollywood Stuntmen’s Hall of Fame. Boushey earned a degree in recreation and social science in 1969 and was named College of Arts and Humanities Distinguished Alumnus in 2009. He endowed the David L. Boushey Scholarship for theatre students.
  76. David W. “Dave” Heaverlo played on the men’s baseball team from 1969-72, finishing his career with a record of 31-8 and struck out 321 batters in 302 innings.Drafted by the San Francisco Giants,he played seven years in the major leagues and was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 1983. In 2016, he committed $250,000 to the Athletic Department, one of the largest donations in program history.
  77. Ronald C. “Ron” Sims

    John F. Moawad
    Wolfgang W. Franz taught economics from 1969-1998. In 2007, he helped to establish the Wolfgang W. Franz Scholarship for economics majors.
  78. Ronald C. “Ron” Sims was the first African-American student body president. Sims, elected in 1970, was a vocal critic of the Vietnam War and, during his term, urged the university to open a campus in Seattle. He later served as a King County Council member for 12 years, King County Executive for 12 years, and Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for two years. He was named Distinguished Alumnus in the College of the Sciences in 2006.
  79. John F. Moawad, who taught jazz from 1970-1998, was the architect of jazz education culture at CWU and throughout the Northwest. The charismatic Moawad founded vocal jazz at the four-year level in the Pacific Northwest. Nicknamed "Coach," Moawad received the Distinguished Professor award for service in 1984 and was inducted into the Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame in 1998.
  80. David G. Lygre was a biochemistry professor from 1970-2008. He was honored with the Distinguished Professor award for teaching in 1994. An ultra-marathon runner, Lygre was named to the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
  81. Arlin J. “Jim” Hawkins was a theater art professor from 1971-2001 specializing in children’s theater. Hawkins was a master puppeteer who founded the Children’s Theatre Touring program and the youth drama major. He was honored with the Distinguished Professor award for service in 1996.
  82. James N. Mattis is a retired U.S. Marine Corps general who served as the 11th commander of the U.S. Central Command. Mattis, who earned a degree in history at CWU in 1971, has returned to campus many times to speak to student groups and delivered the 2011 commencement address.
  83. Spencer D. Short was an Ellensburg attorney who served on the CWU Foundation Board of Directors between 1972-1992. He was a strong supporter of the Friends of the Library and championed the creation of CWU’s University Centers.
  84. Ronald “Ron” Dotzauer is chief operating officer and founder of Strategies 360, an influential Seattle-based political consulting firm and CWU graduate (political science, 1972). Dotzauer also served on the Board of Trustees from 1989 to 1996 and delivered the 2013 commencement address.
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  85. Ruth Harrington raised nearly $1 million in scholarship funding through luncheons more than 40 years. Harrington, who is wife of the late Edward Harrington, a CWU vice president, started organizing the lunches as a way to bring university and community members together. Since 1973, the lunches have raised nearly $1 million for student scholarships.
  86. John E. Drinkwater served as advisor to student government and Senior Director of Campus Life and Student Union from 1975-2010. In that role, he was instrumental in the construction of the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) building. The John Drinkwater Leadership Scholarship is named in his honor.
  87. Carolyn C. Schactler is an award winning apparel designer who taught at CWU from 1976-2004 and garnered five national design awards. She earned a Distinguished Professor award for research in 1996. She endowed the Carolyn Schactler Scholarship for students majoring in apparel, textiles and merchandising, or theater design.
  88. Gail K. Jones served as director of alumni affairs from 1977-1995. She was instrumental in establishing the office of alumni relations and chaired the CWU Centennial Planning Committee in 1991. In 2001, she established the Jerry and Gail K. Jones Endowment for the Performing Arts.
  89. Donald L. Garrity became the seventh president in 1978. Garrity, who served until 1991, focused on international programs, which grew and thrived under his administration. He expanded off-campus programs throughout the state by creating partnerships with Pierce Community College (1979), Yakima Valley Community College (1980), Highline Community College (1981), and Wenatchee Valley College (1984).
  90. Raymond L. “Ray” Conner is vice chairman of The Boeing Company and president and chief executive officer at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In 2015, Conner, who graduated from Central in 1979, donated $300,000 to establish the Ray and Katie Conner Endowed Scholarship Fund for students pursuing a degree in the STEM fields.
  91. Roger S. and Deborah Fouts, were co-founders and co-directors of the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute. The two were known for their efforts in teaching the chimpanzee, Washoe, to communicate using American Sign Language. The couple retired from the university in 2011.
  92. Gary Frederick was athletic director from 1980-1998) and coached baseball, football, basketball, and softball during a career stretching from 1967 to 2010.
  93. James G. Pappas was the 2003 Distinguished Professor for Service. Between 1980 and 2015, Pappas has served as professor, dean, vice president, and interim president (in 1992). In 2006, he established the Jim and Denise Pappas Study Abroad Endowment in honor of his late wife.
  94. Kenneth D. Denman is president and chief operating officer of iPass, a connectivity technology company. He graduated from Central in 1980 with a degree in accounting and was honored as College of Business Distinguished Alumnus in 2005.
  95. Larry D. Gookin was a professor of music from 1981 to 2015. He was honored with the Distinguished Professor award for teaching in 2001. In addition to his acclaimed teaching career, Gookin was the respected conductor of the Seattle Wind Symphony and a frequent guest conductor in concert halls across the nation.
  96. Christine M. Day is CEO of Luvo, a Vancouver, B.C.-based pre-prepared healthy food company. She is former CEO of lululemon athletica, a Canadian clothing company, and, in 2011, became the first woman ever named “CEO of the Year” by the Toronto Globe and Mail. Day earned a degree in administrative management at CWU in 1984. She was the commencement speaker in 2012.
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  97. Robert  J. Carbaugh has been a professor of economics since 1985. He earned the Distinguished Professor award for teaching in 1993 and Distinguished Professor award for research in 2001. His landmark textbook, “International Economics,” is in its 15th edition and is considered the standard in its field.
  98. Ethan A. Bergman, who has been a professor of dietetics and sports nutrition since 1986, served as president of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2012. He also was honored with the Distinguished Professor award for service in 2001.
  99. Robert L. Lowery was the voice of Wildcats football and men’s basketball for 29 years. From 1986 to 2015, Lowery regularly broadcast Central sports events on radio and television and for many years hosted a weekly half-hour program focusing on CWU sports. He was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003.
  100. Stephen C. “Steve” Jefferies is a nationally-known educator who has taught physical education at CWU since 1986. He was honored with a Distinguished Professor award for service in 1999 and was elected to a three-year term as president of the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) in 2014.
  101. Virginia R. Beavert

    Ivory V. Nelson
    Douglas B. “Doug” Wood is chief of operations for the Tommy Bahama Clothing Company. He earned a degree in business administration in 1986 and serves on the College of Business Advisory Board. He was named College of Business Outstanding Alumnus in 2007 and served as the commencement speaker in 2015.
  102. Virginia R. Beavert, a Yakima elder from Toppenish, returned to college while in her 40s to earn a degree in anthropology in 1986. Over the years, she has worked to preserve her tribe’s language. In 2007, she was honored as a Distinguished Alumna.
  103. Bobby J. Cummings is a professor of English education and director of the Central Washington Writing Project. A strong advocate for multiculturalism, Cummings, who has taught at CWU since 1990, earned a Distinguished Professor award for service in 2011.
  104. Ivory V. Nelson became the university’s first African-American president in 1992. During his tenure, CWU increased access to technology with university wide upgrades, distance education, placing a computer on every professor’s desk, computerizing the library’s catalog, and making email the standard mode of communication. Nelson worked to address salary inequities for employees, and secured the designation of University Centers as part of the state Master Plan for Higher Education. Additionally, under his leadership the campus enjoyed $160 million in capital improvements. After retiring in 1999, he served as president of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania until 2011.
  105. Mary Alice Heuschel is deputy director for strategy, planning, and management at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is former chief of staff to Gov. Jay Inslee. Heuschel earned her administrator certification at CWU in 1992 and was named College of Education and Professional Studies Distinguished Alumnus in 2012.
  106. Zabrina M. Jenkins is director of corporate counsel for the Starbucks Coffee Company. She graduated with a degree in business administration in 1992 and serves on the College of Business Advisory Board.
  107. Jon K. Kitna is one of the most acclaimed quarterbacks in CWU history. As a four-year starter at the school from 1992-96, Kitna passed for 12,553 yards and 99 touchdowns. He was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006. He also played 16 years in the National Football League, including four years with the Seattle Seahawks and four years with the Dallas Cowboys.
  108. Gwen Chaplin served on the Board of Trustees from 1993-2003 and was the board chair from 1996-2003. During her tenure, Central significantly developed its satellite campuses, eight university centers including in Des Moines, Lynnwood, Steilacoom, Pierce County, and Yakima.
  109. Janine Pease is a nationally known Native American educator who served for 18 years as president of Little Big Horn College in Montana and was a Presidential Appointee to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education. She graduated from Central with degrees in sociology and anthropology in 1970 and was Distinguished CWU Alumna in 2003.
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  110. Amy Gillespie served as student government president in 1997-1998 as well as the first student trustee on the Board of Trustees (1998-1999). She was a strong proponent of the construction of the new Student Union and Recreation Center, which was completed in 2005.
  111. Trevor L. Greene, who earned a Master’s of education degree from CWU-Yakima in 1998, was honored as 2013 National High School Principal of the Year. Greene, who is now Executive Director of the Highline School District, served as principal at Toppenish High School for five years.
  112. Roy T. Savoian served as dean of the College of Business from 1998-2012. During his tenure, the college earned the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation, a distinction shared by only five percent of business schools globally.
  113. Jack Bishop served as athletic director from 1999-2013. He led the transition from National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II in 2006.
  114. Jeff Charbonneau, science teacher and STEM coordinator at Zillah High School, who was national Teacher of the Year for 2013, earned a degree in biology education (2000) and master’s degree in education (2005), both from Central. In 2013, he was honored as Alumni of the Year and was commencement speaker in 2014.
  115. Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger is a former astronaut, selected in 2004 as an Educator Mission Specialist, who earned her teaching certification in 1999. She was commencement speaker in 2010.
  116. Jerilyn S. McIntyre
    Jerilyn S. McIntyre became CWU's first woman president in 2000. Despite state budget cuts, McIntyre managed to expand the university and institute management tools to help the university better plan for the future. She retired in 2008.
  117. Pholi and Phola Sun established the Students for Service program in 2003 to give back to communities both locally and around the world. One of the organization’s biggest projects was to raise money to build two wells in the remote Cambodian village of Krabov. The two, who are sisters, were born in Cambodia and attended Central from 2003-2007.
  118. Amy Griffin Mumma developed the World Wine Program in 2003, which offers Global Wine Studies, the only four-year degree in international wine business in the U.S.
  119. Sidney W. “Sid” Morrison was on the Board of Trustees for 12 years (2003-2015), serving as chairman for seven years. He was a Washington state representative from 1967-73, a state senator from 1974-80, and was in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1980-1992. In 2016 the Board of Trustees awarded Morrison an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
  120. Sanford “Sam” Kinzer served as a member of the Board of Trustees from 2005-2009. A passionate advocate for students, he resigned his post to protest a 14 percent tuition increase that year.
  121. Mallory Holtman-Fletcher and Liz Wallace made headlines globally when they helped an opposing player score a home run after an injury prevented her from running the bases. Their good deed earned them an ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Award in 2008.
  122. Moses D. Squeochs served on the Board of Trustees from 2009-2010 and chaired the Yakama Nation General Council from 2007 until his untimely death in 2011. Throughout his life, Squeochs was a strong advocate for treaty rights for the Yakima people and an outspoken environmentalist. In 2010, CWU awarded him an honorary master of natural science degree.
  123. James D. “Jim” Honeyford has been a member of the Washington State Senate since 1998 (and was previously a member of the Washington House of Representatives from 1994-1998. He led the successful efforts to secure legislative funding for the Science II Building and the Samuelson STEM Building projects. In 2014, he received the first-ever College of the Sciences Alumni of the Year award for social sciences. He is a CWU graduate with a degree in sociology and education as well as a Master’s of education in instructional media.
  124. James L. Gaudino
    William H. Yarwood, Bill Vertrees, Ann C. Anderson, Steve R. DuPont, and Linda C. Schactler served on the capital development team that led design and state funding initiatives that have transformed the CWU campus in recent years. Between 2001 and 2015, the group helped secure nearly $285 million in state funding that updated aging infrastructure and built or overhauled McIntyre Music Building, CWU-Des Moines, Dean, Hogue, Science II, Samuelson STEM, Lind Hall, Bouillon, and Old Heat.
  125. James L. Gaudino has been CWU’s president since 2009. Under his leadership, the university overcame economic challenges of the Great Recession to become one of the fastest growing universities in the West. Gaudino has led the modernization of the university, including key areas such as budgeting, computing, data management, marketing, alumni relations, athletics, international studies, online education, and capital planning.

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