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President Shari McMahan, PhD

“As president of Eastern Washington University, I am passionate about creating a thriving, inclusive campus for students and am committed to working with faculty, staff and the community to strengthen the Eagle experience and ensure Eastern graduates are ready to be the innovative, creative, and confident leaders our communities need.”


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“I can’t express enough my gratitude and honor to serve as president of Eastern Washington University. We have a bright future, a clear path, and a community of support that will continue to propel us forward.”

– President Shari McMahan, PhD


President McMahan, a first-generation college student, has both a bachelor’s degree and a doctoral degree in social ecology from UC Irvine and a master’s degree in health science from Cal State Northridge. She came to EWU in 2022 after serving as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, San Bernardino, the first woman provost in CSUSB’s history. She has been awarded more than $5 million in external grant funding, authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, delivered dozens of scientific and community presentations, and served on numerous professional task forces.

President McMahan is honored to lead Eastern and looks forward to continuing to fulfill the institution’s mission to expand opportunities for personal transformation through excellence in learning.

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