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2022 State of the University Address

State of the University Presentation

A transcript of this video is available.

Central Washington University aspires to reach a new level of influence in the state and region in the years to come by nurturing lasting partnerships with state and local leaders, and committing to a vision of being “a model learning community of equity and belonging” so more people have an opportunity to pursue a higher education degree.

These were among the key messages delivered by CWU President Jim Wohlpart on November 4, 2022, during his annual State of the University address, which detailed Central’s strategy of creating access and opportunities for people from all walks of life, and establishing a viable budget that will enable the university to prepare a strong and vibrant future.

During his half-hour address, President Wohlpart outlined Central’s ongoing efforts to create a sustainable future that will involve working closely with the Governor’s Office, the Legislature, local and state business leaders, shared governance groups on campus, and members of the Ellensburg and Kittitas Valley communities.

“We must make certain that our work becomes relational, and not transactional,” he said. “That is, for any transformation of our university to occur, for us to lead and work in equitable ways that nurture a culture of belonging, we must do so through building bridges and communities where everyone feels seen and heard.”