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Central Washington University is seeking a new university president (follow link below to the Presidential Search Site for more information). Current CWU President James L. Gaudino, who has served since January 2009, previously announced his intention to step down on July 31, 2021.

Presidential Search Site

The Central Washington University Board of Trustees will hold a quarterly meeting on July 23 and 24, 2020. The meeting can be viewed at at from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on July 23, and 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. on July 24.

On Thursday, July 23, the board will consider the conditions under which CWU will operate this fall. At 2:30 p.m., the board will convene in executive session for 30 minutes for the purpose of discussing issues related to personnel, per RCW 42.30.110.

On Friday July 24, the board will hold a work session on the presidential search, conduct board business and approve the FY21 budget, which will include a tuition increase.

To view the agenda, visit and click on Agendas. Under “Featured Meetings” click July 2020 Board Meeting Agenda to review meeting materials.


June 5, 2020

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our university’s budget has been significant. We believe that the revenue shortfall for the coming fiscal year will be about $12 million. It is clear that the reductions in spending on hiring, travel, purchasing and other activities already in place will not be sufficient to offset the revenue shortfall.  I have no choice but to make corresponding adjustments to staffing to ensure the sustainability of our university.

As I have stated previously, the pandemic, economic stresses, and work requirements vary during our academic and fiscal year. Accordingly, I have directed my leadership team to consider adjustments on a quarterly basis, with the first period being this summer (July 1 through August 31). The following decisions will not apply to members of our faculty, who are on hiatus or teaching summer sections during the specified period, but will result in a significant reduction in our non-faculty staffing for most of the summer. Only about 150 out of 1,200 employees will remain at 1.0 FTE--primrily positions that are essential to safe operation of the university, or are funded by grants or contracts. Grant-funded positions by virtue of federal funding and contractual agreements are not subject to reduction in FTE or pay.

The reductions during this period will be in two forms, as follows:

         -- Furloughs: During July and August, 19-percent of university classified and exempt employees will be furloughed—a temporary layoff.  While on furlough, employees are in standby status without pay, but eligible for unemployment compensation, including federal stimulus funding.  Staff in this group will be able to collect unemployment benefits without needing to search for other work. Appointing authorities and other supervisors will be meeting with employees beginning next Monday to go over the details of furloughs.

         -- Reduced FTE: During the same period, other employees will have a reduced FTE predicated on the summer workload of the unit. For example, a person now working 40 hours per week (1.0 FTE) might be assigned to work only 32 hours (0.80 FTE).

From July 1 – August 31, CWU’s residential campus will operate on a four-day work week, except for essential staff. There will be no non-essential work on Fridays, including meetings, email, and phone calls. The university’s leadership team will be monitoring the situation throughout the summer and hope to be able reduce the impact on staff for the fall quarter.

 I am deeply sorry for the hardships these reductions will create. We have faced serious challenges in the past and persevered, and we shall do so again.



James L. Gaudino                                          

CWU President                                                   




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