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President Emeritus James L. Gaudino

Since becoming president of Central Washington University on January 1, 2009, James L. Gaudino has taken to heart the institution’s primary mission of being a welcoming institution that prepares its students for enlightened, responsible, and productive lives.

During his tenure, Central has experienced a record infusion of state construction funding, completed a comprehensive overhaul and updating of information systems, initiated a modernization of budget and management systems, and sought to create a safe and inclusive campus environment.

Gaudino came to CWU from Kent State University, where he founded the College of Communication and Information, and guided its development into a center of innovation in the study of the new information age.

Prior to that, Gaudino was the executive director of the National Communication Association and served on the faculty of Michigan State University’s Department of Advertising.

Gaudino's research interests include public relations and public opinion formation. He has authored or co-authored chapters, articles, monographs, and presentations in numerous journals, including the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the Newspaper Research Journal.

He has a Ph.D. in communications from Michigan State University and a master of science in management from Troy State University. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and served in the U.S. Air Force in California, Turkey, and Germany.

2020 State of the University

The 2020 State of the University Address was presented by CWU President James L. Gaudino on October 21 at 10 a.m. This annual event provided the President with an opportunity to speak about the university’s recent successes and the need to build on those successes to maintain momentum into the future.

A transcript of this video is available.

The President outlined the progress that had been made on the three university-wide goals that he unveiled in 2019.

Goal #1 - To increase the first-year to second-year student retention rate from 71 percent to 80 percent over the next five years. To do this, he said the university must find new ways to create and sustain an environment where our students feel welcome and are supported by the institution, and want to return to complete their degree programs and graduate.

Goal #2 - To increase the diversity of our faculty and staff by 5 percent in five years. The president said he wants faculty, students, prospective students, and staff to feel welcome and that they belong at the university. Achieving this will, he added, will require making the university as accepting and inviting as possible in order to expand the pool of qualified candidates for open positions.

Goal #3 - To reduce the campus carbon footprint by 5 percent within the next five years. He called on the university community to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle for the health of the planet and the health and future of students.