Message from Bruce Pinkleton
Acting Dean of the Murrow College
During the past week I've received congratulations, support, advice and a few good-natured condolences from numerous members of the Cougar family, all of which I'm happy to accept. I'm deeply appreciative of your responses and your support of WSU and the Murrow College.
I'm certain many of you were surprised by Dean Pintak's announcement that he is stepping down as Murrow College dean and, perhaps like me, it reminded you that change is a constant in our world. I'm grateful for the work of Dean Pintak. He established a strong vision and foundation for the Murrow College. Students, faculty and staff are the beneficiaries of his expertise and leadership.
During this leadership change, the Murrow College has received unwavering support from Interim President Dan Bernardo, Interim Co-Provost Ron Mittelhammer and Interim Co-Provost Erica Austin. You may recall that Erica played a critical role in helping to establish and initially lead the Murrow College. In addition, Murrow has many champions including members of the Murrow Professional Advisory Board and other alumni and friends who complement our truly outstanding faculty, staff and students.
I'm certain many of you have questions about the future of the Murrow College and I'll do my best to answer those as we move forward. In the meantime, I estimate I have more than 3,000 Murrow alumni out there who have survived my courses over the years. Feel free to ask them about their experiences in my classes including my high expectations and my desire to see students succeed. These are principles on which I'm proud to stand.
I want you to know I'm fully dedicated to a strong, skills-based undergraduate curriculum that emphasizes practical experience and hands-on learning. These reflect my own experiences as an undergraduate student and have been the hallmarks of a Murrow education for many years. At the graduate level, we'll continue to pursue excellence in scholarship and academic advancement. These contribute to the research missions of Washington State University and the Murrow College in their role as world-class educational institutions.
As we get started on this new journey, I want you to know my wife and I have deep roots in Pullman and at WSU. I've been teaching at WSU for more than 20 years. My wife and I raised our children here, and I've built my career here. In short, we are Cougars united with you by our love for WSU and the Murrow College, and by a desire to help students succeed. As long as I'm a leader of the Murrow College, this will be my top priority.
Thanks for you time, take care and Go Cougs!
The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication