After 12 momentous years serving CWU, Ellensburg, and Washington State, James L. Gaudino will retire as our 14th President. He and his wife Katie have left an indelible mark on our institution, and the Wildcat Nation will miss them dearly.

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What a privilege and great pleasure it’s been to work in a student-centered, and exciting university that your inspiring leadership created and preserved. May your retirement be as rich an experience for you and everyone you touch as your CWU presidency has been.

I cannot thank you enough for your leadership, support, vision, and all-around good nature. You'll be missed. Wishing you the best in your next chapter.

Your impact on the university and community will be felt for generations to come. I appreciate being a small part of the journey and wish you a long and happy retirement!

Jim and Katie!

Words can't express the level of thanks I feel. You will forever be part of the CWU Wildcat community. We all appreciate your amazing leadership. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Thank you for everything you have done for international students ! It was honor to meet you in my first day at CWU . Mr president! You always welcome Turkey !

Thank you for your leadership over the years. Best wishes as you move on to new adventures.

Dear President Gaudino and Katie, I have enjoyed working with you these last 12 years! Thank you for your service to CWU and especially for your leadership in the areas of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. We have come a long way under your time at CWU. Blessings in your retirement! Take care, Ethan

President Gaudino and Katie,

Wishing you the very best in the next chapter of your journey through life. Take the time to do all the things that bring you joy and happiness.

Thank you for all you have done during your 12 years at CWU.

Thank you for your foresight in moving the university towards technology-enhanced teaching and online learning, which prepared us to meet the challenges of remote learning this year and positioned us to meet the learning needs of residential and non-traditional students in the future.

All the best wishes on your retirement!

I wish you, and your family, health and happiness! Enjoy your next chapter!

Thank you for all you have done for CWU. Happy retirement. Best wishes to you both.

It has been an honor and joy to serve under your leadership. You will be missed. Your sensible approach, always putting students first, will leave a lovely lasting legacy. God bless you in your next chapter!

Dear President Gaudino and Katie,

Thanks for all your support, leadership, and mentorship. I really enjoyed working with you. You started at CWU when the University faced hard times, and with your leadership the University navigated it well. As a former Senate Chair, I am grateful for your advocacy for strong faculty shared governance. Again, thank you for your service to CWU. I wish you both a happy retired life.


Thank you for your generous service to the institution, you will be dearly missed. Again, thank you.

Jim and Katie -

Thank you for your attentiveness to the people of this community, as individuals and collectively. And thank you for your generosity in recognizing student scholars - one part of your legacy here.

I wish you all the best in your retirement.

I was lucky enough to spend time with the two of you during the Presidential Search. I remember being impressed with you then, Jim, for many things but especially for your trip to Ellensburg before your airport interview. You came back with lots of ideas, including building up the entrances to CWU on University Way. It's sure been a ride since then. I have enjoyed watching the two of you provide leadership in big and small ways. Thank you for your positive impact on our community. I wish you a blessed and active retirement.

Congratulations on your next step, and hope you and your family the most special years in the future.

Thank you for your strong leadership during the enormous challenges of 2020. The University and employees owe you a debt of gratitude.

Thank you for your positive, confident, thoughtful, and insightful leadership. With all your duties, you have always been accessible and willing to listen. You have made a positive impact not only on an institution, but also thousands of lives. Your efforts are greatly appreciated! Wishing you well as you begin the next chapter!

Thank you, President and Mrs. Guardino, for your excellent leadership and care for our campus community for the past 12 years.

Thanks for all you have done,particularly speaheading issues of inclusivity & diversity.

The first time I met both of you was during "Waffle Night" at the library and I was a new CWU employee. Both you and Katie were so kind and the staff and students enjoyed the sincere conversations. It left a lasting impression ~ wishing you both a wonderful retirement!

Thanks for all you've done for CWU, and I hope you enjoy your well-deserved retirement!

It has been an honor and a pleasure to be able to work with you during my time at Central. You have been an inspirational leader who has guided the university through some challenging and difficult times. Good luck wherever your journey takes you and Katie in the future! And most importantly, go 'Niners and Giants!

Dr. Gaudino: Thank you for your service to CWU. Happy trails to you and Katie!

I've been very fortunate to have President Gaudino in office during my time as a Central student and staff member while working under the President's Division for the past few years. Seeing both you and Katie interact with students, alumni, and donors has always been a joy to watch and be part of and you'll both be missed greatly!

Although my time working with you has been brief, it has been a true pleasure. Throughout the past year, it has been very apparent how much you care about the university, its students, staff, and faculty. I have appreciated all your involvement in our efforts around COVID and know that Central's ability to remain open during this pandemic is due to your leadership. Congratulations on your retirement! I hope you and Katie enjoy some well-deserved time to yourselves and with your family.

Thank you for your service, leadership, and vision directing the destiny of CWU during good and the bad times of the Covid pandemic. And thank you for allowing me to be part of this honorable institution beyond retirement.
The best for you and your wife.

Thanks so much to the both of you! Your leadership for CWU is and was AWESOME! I appreciate all you did for CWU during times that were flourishing and those times that were not so good!

Best wishes to you both! Thank you Dr. Gaudino for your stewardship of all the beautiful new building projects during your tenure at CWU. You have left your mark on the structures of the campus in the best possible way.

Thank you for helping all of us here feel welcome. Your leadership was definitely tested during these uncertain times, but we now have a bright new future thanks to your guidance.

Thank you for helping guide us throughout the COVID Pandemic and for ensuring that we are safe and healthy so that education can continue, even in the age of COVID.

Thank you for your many years of service to CWU and for being present for the students, staff, and faculty. Steady leadership during stable times is no small task, and over 12 years, CWU has seen its fair share of tumultuous times. Thank you for your active advocacy for shared governance with the faculty and for your care of the CWU community. Wishing you both a happy retirement!

Thank you for your mentorship and kindness. Enjoy your retirement, kids, and grandbaby. Thank you Katie for keeping Jim in line I think you will probably have a full time job now.

Take care and enjoy this chapter in your life before you go out and rest by the tree.

Thank you for your selfless service, leadership, and mentoring. You have both left a very positive and lasting impact on our university and community. You will be missed.

Thank you President for all your leadership and initiative for Central Washington University. Best wishes and a hope for new horizons and all success on your next big adventure! May God bless you and your family.

Jim and Katie, it has been such a delight to be a Central under your leadership. The warmth and pride of the Wildcat Family you've created extends across to those of us at the Centers! Thank you for your dedication and commitment. Best wishes on this new chapter in your life!

Thank you for being such a great communicator. You have shown us all how leadership with integrity works. Our family will always be grateful to you and your family for contributing to the experiences we have had at CWU. We wish you all the best!

Happy retirement, Dr. Gaudino! I wish you and Katie all the best. Thank you both for your continued support of minoritized communities on and off campus. Enjoy rebuilding vehicles, traveling, and your growing family. Especially savor those morning coffees on the deck.

Thank you and good luck on your next endeavor.

-Angela Kyle, CWU Class of 2020

Thanks and best wishes. I hope you have a long, happy, and fulfilling retirement.

Thank you for your years of leadership, dedication, and service to the CWU community! I wish you and Katie the best on the next chapter of life.

Thanks and best wishes. I hope you have a long, happy, and fulfilling retirement.

Dear President Gaudino,

Thank you for your dedication, service, and leadership at Central. It has been a great pleasure and honor to working with you and everyone else under your remarkable leadership. I wish you and Katie a happy retirement. Enjoy your next chapter!


This is the first institution I've attended or worked at where I saw the president on a regular basis, walking the campus, greeting students, staff, and faculty alike. You always made me feel appreciated and valued. Thank you for the sacrifice of leadership you have made to this great institution and community over the years. You have guided us well!

Best wishes to you both! Thank you for your service to CWU and your commitment to our veteran community. May you have fair winds and following seas.

Jim and Katie:'Thank you both for all the great things you have done here at Central. May your retirement be filled with family, with joyous adventures, and with love.

Be well,


It's been an interesting ride these last 12 years. CWU is a very different place now, with much needed improvements in infrastructure and several new buildings that have served and will continue to serve our students well. Congratulations to you and Katie on a well-deserved retirement!

As an Alumni of the class of 2012, I cannot be more grateful for the work you have done to put CWU on the map. I recommend it to my students all the time as an institutin where one can get a quality education, but still develop long last relationships with peers and faculty. Thank you for being a part of continuing and enhancing that tradition. Best wishes for the future adventure.


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