Inslee statement on the retirement of Bruce Shepard, president of Western Washington University

March 7, 2016

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OLYMPIA – “Trudi and I extend our sincere congratulations to Bruce and Cyndie Shepard on this well-deserved retirement. Bruce has served with distinction as president of Western Washington University since 2008, and he is retiring after four decades of dedicated service in higher education in Washington, Oregon and Wisconsin. 

“I am grateful for Bruce’s leadership in creating the innovative Clean Energy Program that will develop students’ knowledge and expertise on efficient and renewable energy. Bruce and his team expanded outreach efforts to new student communities throughout the state and helped create a Western Washington University Center at Olympic College in Poulsbo.

“Cyndie’s significant contributions to Western will continue through the award-winning Compass 2 Campus program, which pairs Western student mentors with grade school students to increase access to higher education for underrepresented groups. 

“Thanks to their outstanding efforts and hard work, the foundation laid by Bruce and Cyndie has positioned Western Washington University to continue as a world-class institution and a source of great pride to its alumni and our state.

“Washingtonians from all corners of the state join me in thanking you for your work on behalf of Western’s students, faculty and staff.” 

Media Contact 

Tara Lee
Governor Inslee’s Communications Office
360.902.4136