Gruen Named Director of the School of Design and Construction

We are very pleased to announce that Phil Gruen has accepted the position of Director of the School of Design and Construction (SDC), for a two-year term, effective June 1, 2015, through May 31, 2017. Note that this is not an interim position, and it is consistent with the overwhelming support that was communicated to us.

Over the last year during his service as interim director, Phil has worked to continue to move the SDC toward more integration. He has done this in a collaborative, transparent, and open manner. Under his leadership, the SDC has initiated new strategic plans for the School as well as all programs within it; developed hiring plans that focus on signature research themes; hired several new tenure-track faculty and several instructors; built an SDC Ambassadors recruitment program; and grown the enrollment by a very significant amount, to list a few examples.

Please join us in thanking Phil for accepting this appointment! We look forward to working with Phil and the School’s faculty and staff to advance the mission of the SDC as well as both Colleges.

Candis Claiborn, Professor and Dean
Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-2714
office 509-335-5593
fax 509-335-9608

Ron Mittelhammer, Regents Professor and Dean
College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-6210
office 509-335-2574
fax 509-335- 1173