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Robert Nellams, Seattle Center Director to Kick-off CWU Student Transfer Week

Poster for National Transfer Student Week

Robert Nellams (‘89), director of the Seattle Center and chair of Central Washington University Board of Trustees will provide the CWU Transfer Town Hall keynote on October 18, at 10 a.m. The Town Hall will be held via Zoom and kicks off CWU National Transfer Student Week.

Robert Nellams, chair of CWU Board of TrusteesNellams, who is also a CWU accounting alumnus, earned his Bachelor of Science degree after transferring from Bellevue College. He has served as the Seattle Center director since 2006 where he manages 750 employees and the near $930-million Center renovation. 

“Transferring to CWU was one of the best decisions I’ve made,” said Nellams. “The support I received to successfully pursue my chosen field of study and the foundation my experiences framed for my life have been priceless.”

Nellams, will join a panelist of alumni. Each successfully transferred from one of eight CWU university sites and centers or online programs to CWU-Ellensburg and have gone on to have successful careers.

Currently, CWU serves more than 10,200 students, system-wide, of which roughly 40% are transfer students. 

CWU National Transfer Student Week will be held October 18-22. Events are held to celebrate and recognize the important role that transfer students play at Central. They also showcase the programs and services available to current and prospective CWU transfer students. An abridged list of events include:

Monday, Oct. 18
10 a.m. Transfer Town Hall 
Attend via

Tuesday, Oct. 19
1 p.m.  Military Education Benefits for Transfer Students 
Attend via passcode: Transfer 21 

Wednesday, Oct. 20
3-5 p.m. Career, Internship, and Grad School Fair 
Register using the Career Fair Plus app 

Thursday, Oct. 21
2 p.m.  Early Transfer Admissions Plus (ETA+) and MAPs  
Attend via

Friday, Oct. 22
12 p.m.  Transfer 101: Tips for a Successful Transfer to CWU 
Attend via 

For a complete list of activities, visit the Transfer Center website, or download These Transfer Shoes: Step Into My Journey poster.

Media contact:  Dawn Alford, Department of Pubic Affairs, 509-963-1484,