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About EWUEastern is a driving force for the culture, economy and vitality of the Inland Northwest region. The university's beautiful campus, NCAA Division I athletics and opportunities for hands-on, real-world learning provide a classic, yet unique college experience.
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Cheney, WA 99004
Board of Trustees
Welcome to the Eastern Washington University Board of Trustees web site. We are the University's governing body appointed by the governor with broad responsibilities to supervise, coordinate manage and regulate Eastern Washington University as provided by state statue (RCW 28B.35.120). The Board of Trustees consists of eight members, one of whom is a student. Trustees serve six-year terms, except for the student whose term is one year. We hope you will take the time to peruse our site to learn more about us as individuals.
We do want to hear from you and wish to be informed of matters that may concern you. As a board, our most sincere desire is to build trust with our public. However, we do want to be clear that it is not our practice to overturn decisions made by the president of the University. Rather, our role is to ensure the process reaching administrative decisions has been fair.
We welcome your attendance and participation at any of our meetings. In order to provide public comment at any of our regular meetings, please fill out a Public Comment Form no later than 24 hours prior to the start of the scheduled board meeting.
We look forward to meeting you!
Jo Ann Kauffman, Chair
Jim Murphy, Vice Chair
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I contact the Board?
The Board receives email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, please write to: Eastern Washington University Board of Trustees, 214 Showalter Hall, Cheney, WA, 99004. The president of the University also holds the position of secretary to the board. Therefore, you may contact the president of the University at email@example.com or the assistant to the president and board of trustees at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the job of the Board? The Board is charged to hold accountable the institution with regards to implementation of initiatives, programs, facilities and is responsible for employment of the president. See RCW 28B.35.120.
How do I invite the Board to my event?
Electronic invitations are encouraged and preferred. Please send to the Board's Assistant, Catherine Moss, at email@example.com.
When are the Board meetings and how do I receive an agenda?
The agenda and supporting documents are available on the board website approximately one week before a board meeting.
What is Committee of the Whole?
Committee of the Whole is an open meeting. It provides board members the opportunity to see presentations or attend work sessions in order to be informed about various university topics.
What is Executive Session?
Executive Session is a closed session and the topics discussed are limited to specific topics as permitted by law.
Mission "The Board of Trustees of Eastern Washington University will assure students, their families, and the citizens of the State of Washington that the University will provide high quality, student-centered educational and service programs. Promoting excellence, the Board will further assure that the University is accountable, both academically and financially. The Board will serve as an advocate for the University, as a steward of the public trust, and as a participant in charting the future course of Washington post-secondary education."