Office of the President
Barge Hall 314
Mail stop 7501
(509) 963-2111




Our Commitment to Transparency and Accountability

Our website is an important part of our commitment to transparency and accountability in public higher education. If you don't see what you need here, please contact us at 509-963-2111 and we'll get you the information you need. Our office serves as CWU's official liaison with local, state, federal and elected officials for regulatory, budget, and policy matters of all kinds. We can help direct you to the right contact and provide critical background about legislative districts, pending policy issues, and current CWU data.

Meet Our Legislative Team!

Linda Schactler, Chief of Staff
(M) 509-607-4103 |

Linda coordinates work on the priorities of the Office of the President, including local, state, and federal governmental relations. As Secretary to the Board of Trustees, she organizes and supports the work of the board. Linda is the former Director of Communications for the Washington State Senate, and former deputy director of the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board. She worked in commercial radio and television as news reporter, producer and announcer. Linda ran her own Olympia-based public affairs firm for a decade, providing crisis- and issue-management services for a variety of clients. She holds a BA in English Literature from WSU and an in MA in English Literature from Washington University, St. Louis.

Steve DuPont, Senior Director of Government Relations
(M) 509-201-0528 |

Steve has been on CWU's Government Relations team since 2008. He was the Vice President for Political Affairs for the Associated Students of Central Washington University in 2006 and 2007. Steve served on the Washington Student Lobby Board of Directors and was awarded the President’s Cabinet Award in 2007 for his effective advocacy on behalf of students. Steve holds a BS in Construction Management from CWU and an MEd in Higher Education from the University of Arkansas.

Alethia Miller, Government Relations Manager
503-808-0316 |

Alethia is the newest member of the legislative relations team, having joined us in January 2021. Previously she served as staff for the Oregon State Legislature, where she led the work of policy committees, including K-20 policy development of the House Committee on Education and the House Committee on Higher Education and Workforce Development. Prior to that she worked for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission as senior policy staff, providing legislative analysis of bills and managing the implementation of statewide programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from Willamette University and a Master of Public Policy degree from Oregon State University.