Board of Trustees announces Presidential Search Advisory Committee roster

The Western Washington University Board of Trustees has approved a 15-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) to assist in the search for Western’s 14th president.

The PSAC will be closely involved in Western’s presidential search process, including the development of the presidential position description, screening and interviewing candidates, and recommending finalist candidates to the Board of Trustees.

The selection of the PSAC was informed by nominations received from the Faculty Senate, Associated Students, Professional Staff Organization, and Classified Staff Unions (WFSE and PSE).  

The Committee reflects a broad cross-section of the Western community both on and off campus, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, friends and other stakeholders.  

Members of the Committee will be present at the Campus Community Forums starting on Monday, November 2.  The schedule for the Community Forums is available here.

The members of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee are:



Sue Sharpe
Trustee, Western Washington University
Executive Director, Chuckanut Health Foundation
WWU Alumna (1977, 1984)


Spencer Anthony-Cahill
Professor, Chemistry Department

Stephanie Cheng
Sophomore, Journalism & Public Relations

Chase Franklin
Trustee, Western Washington University
Startup Advisor and Investor
CEO and co-founder Cloud City Labs
WWU Alumnus (1986)

Jim Graham
Associate Professor, Psychology

Kathi Hiyane-Brown
President, Whatcom Community College

Aaron Ignac
Assistant Director of Operations
Academic & Career Services
WWU Alumnus (1998, 2006, 2012)

Kathy Kitto 
Vice Provost for Research
Dean of the Graduate School

Kim Kolb Ayre
Program Manager, Dean’s Office
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
WWU Alumna (2009)

Karen Lee (ex officio)
Chair, Western Washington University Board of Trustees 
CEO, Pioneer Human Services

Trula Nicholas
Associate Professor, Health and Community Studies
WWU Alumna (1985, 1987)

Leona Oliveros
Master’s student, Secondary Education

Earl Overstreet
Trustee, Western Washington University
President and CEO, General Microsystems, Inc.

Jerry Thon
Founder, Astoria Holdings 
WWU Alumnus (1975)

Tyler Tran
Master’s student, Environmental Science