Welcome to CWU
Appointing a president is one of the most important responsibilities of the CWU Board of Trustees. The next president will guide the university into the next exciting phase in its development.
The process to finding the best candidate to lead Central must be thoughtful, thorough, and collaborative. To oversee this process, the Board of Trustees established a Presidential Search Committee charged with identifying the strongest candidates to serve as CWU’s next president. The board also established a Presidential Search Advisory Group to ensure the committee has support and insight from important constituencies both on and off campus.
A large part of what makes Central such a special place is its emphasis on student success. Student success is the focus and measure of everything we do. The university educates students from all corners of the state. Central also draws students from 42 states and provinces and more than 60 countries.
Students choose CWU to avoid the anonymity of big schools. Students live and learn on a close-knit campus, in an historic college town. Classes are small enough that professors know their students’ names and engage them directly in research as undergraduates.
Students choose CWU for programs that are among the best in the nation. They also choose CWU for programs that simply don’t exist anywhere else in the region, like actuarial science, sports marketing and paramedicine. CWU reaches out to students throughout the state at University Centers co-located with community colleges, and teaching sites at Joint Base Lewis McChord, the largest military base on the West Coast, and at Sammamish, located in the back yard of the state's tech industry. CWU also serves more high school students in dual credit programs than any other college or university in the state of Washington.
CWU is located in the heart of Washington, surrounded by towering mountains, sunny steppe, and rushing rivers. We're also just 90 minutes east of world-class entertainment, culture, and business in Seattle. The campus features beautifully maintained historic buildings as well as state-of-the-art facilities. Students can stroll from one end of campus to the other in 10 minutes, even if they pause to admire the Japanese Garden and sculptures. Students admit falling in love with the campus, the community, and the Kittitas Valley and say it's a big reason they're here.
Central reaches out to and welcomes students from all walks of life. Diversity and inclusion are core values and are manifest in our student body, nearly 40 percent of whom are people of color. About 50 percent of students transferred to CWU from another institution and about the same percent are the first in their families to go to college. Small classes and faculty passionate about teaching create an exciting, transformational experience for students.
CWU alumni are part of a global network that’s more than 100,000 strong. Our graduates are engineers, business leaders, astronauts, teachers, four-star generals and Hollywood legends. CWU’s unique approach to learning prepares graduates to be effective professionals in the global economy. Maybe you've met some of them? Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. Boeing CEO Ray Conner. Luvo CEO Christine Day. Entrepreneur Ron Erickson.
Central’s watchword is “Welcome.” It's not just a greeting. It's the way we want our students, employees, alumni, and our community to feel about Central.