Idaho State University has announced that Laura Woodworth-Ney ’91 MA, ’96 PhD is its new provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Woodworth-Ney, who has served as ISU associate vice president for academic affairs the past three years, was selected after a national search was carried out. She will begin her duties June 24 replacing Barbara Adamcik, who has served as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs since June 2010.
“In addition to being a scholar of history and the humanities, Dr. Woodworth-Ney has excellent credentials as an administrator,” said ISU President Arthur C. Vailas. “Her experience working as an administrator at a broader level throughout the state and region in the areas of curricular effectiveness, program development and sustainability, and academic partnerships will be especially valuable as ISU continues to grow and meet the needs of its students and the state.”
Woodworth-Ney said she is honored to be selected as the new provost.
“I am humbled and honored to accept this responsibility at one of the nation’s premier state institutions,” Woodworth-Ney said. “I am thrilled to be part of a leadership team committed to student success and to the continuation of ISU’s historic role as an academic center of research, innovation, and intellectual vitality.”
As associate vice president for academic affairs, Woodworth-Ney’s areas of responsibility have included curriculum management and academic program development, including fully online programs. She has been the ISU liaison for the Idaho State Board of Education in a wide variety of areas, from program development to remedial education. She has had oversight of the ISU Office of the Registrar, Early College Program and the ISU-Twin Falls Outreach Center. Woodworth-Ney has also provided support for the provost in a variety of other areas, from faculty workload issues to dean searches and hires.
Woodworth-Ney has been an active participant in the national dialogue about higher education. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Western Academic Leadership Forum of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), and has recently been invited to speak at a WICHE conference and at the Indo-American Education Summit in Hyderabad, India.
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The Bill Gaskins Pharmacy Scholars Fund has officially been established to honor Bill Gaskins ’69, Washington State University alumnus, instructor, mentor, WSU Athletic Hall of Fame inductee and Director of Pullman Regional Hospital Pharmacy for 43 years.
The fund has been revised to support scholarships for students training in rural pharmacy and a separate endowment in Bill Gaskins’ name. Pullman Regional Hospital is a site for clinical rotations for WSU Pharmacy students and will continue to be after the School of Pharmacy moves to Spokane.
Ed Schweitzer, CEO of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, said he supports the establishment of a fund to honor Gaskins. “Bill Gaskins is a real leader in our community. When Keith Campbell presented Beatriz and me with the opportunity to support this endeavor, we jumped at the chance,” Schweitzer said.
The fundraising goal has been revised and there is no deadline for giving. Tax deductible contributions to the Bill Gaskins Scholars Fund may be made by downloading a donation form at http://goo.gl/TJRgM and mailing it along with a check made payable to Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation, 840 SE Bishop Blvd., Suite 200, Pullman, WA 99163 or you may call the Foundation at 509-332-2046. Please write “Bill Gaskins” in memo line.
Keith Campbell, a long-time colleague of Gaskins and Distinguished Professor in Diabetes Care & Pharmacotherapy at WSU, said, “Bill is one of the most generous men I know. His leadership and donation of his time has played a vital role in the development of WSU’s College of Pharmacy, Pullman Hospital and the community. He has also promoted diversity in health care that is so needed and served many years on the Pullman City Council.”
Gaskins played football for WSU from 1962-66 and was inducted into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990. He volunteered to referee Cougar football scrimmages and donated more than 1,000 hours over 40 years to benefit the track program.
In 1969, Gaskins earned his pharmacy degree from WSU. As a clinical instructor at WSU, he mentored and trained more than 300 students in partnership with the WSU College of Pharmacy. He provided leadership in national, state and local pharmacy organizations.
Gaskins served as the Director for Pullman Regional Hospital’s Pharmacy for 43 years. Under his leadership, the Pharmacy grew from a one-man department to a full team with volunteer opportunities for WSU Pharmacy students
In 2012, Gaskins was recognized as Pullman’s Famous Sports Figure. He and his wife, Felicia, continue their involvement with WSU as diversity advocates and leaders.
On the gorgeous spring morning of April 23, 2013, Lt. Col. Cecil Ray “Rocky” Flint ’40 was relieved of his mortal assignment here on Earth and joined his beloved wife, Helen, for their next tour of duty. During his nearly 98 years of life he set an example of integrity and hard work softened with love, fun, laughter, and the joy of life. He was a loving and devoted husband, a wonderful father, a fun loving grandfather, and a steadfast friend.
Rocky was born in Willapa, Washington, on June 28, 1915. He was the youngest child of Cecil Clyde Flint and Nancy Wiseman Flint. His siblings included a brother, Earl, and two sisters, Muriel and Marguerite. Sadly, his mother passed away when he was just three years old, and this put a horrible strain on the young family. His father, a railroad engineer, was on the road much of the time and ended up splitting the children up, placing them with friends or foster families. Rocky moved from family to family until Mamie Bachman, who was caring for his two sisters, finally took him in. She and his father would later marry. This brought stability to his young life. His stepmother ran a boarding house in Winlock, Washington, so Rocky learned the meaning of hard work, but there was time for fun, too. He fondly related stories of riding a horse named Old Bill to school, rounding up the cows with Shep, the dog, picking blackberries with his sisters, and snitching sauerkraut from the crock in the root cellar.
Rocky excelled in school and loved learning. He was a natural athlete and in high school participated on the football, basketball, track, and wrestling teams. He was a good leader and was elected president of his senior class. He also enjoyed school dances and the drama club.
His greatest dream was to go to college, and he worked many jobs to earn money for school. After high school he packed his bags, and with $100 in savings, left for Washington State College. There he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1940. When World War II broke out he joined the Army Air Corps and began a career in the military that would last nearly thirty years and include three wars. While in the service he earned a master’s degree in engineering at Purdue University.
In 1944, while he was stationed in Arkansas, he met the love of his life and married Helen Ruth Ladyman. They enjoyed a long and happy life together living in many interesting places: Texas, California, Indiana, Tennessee, Virginia, and Oregon. They have a son, James David Isbell, living in DeKalb, Texas, and a daughter, Jan Parent, in River Heights, Utah.
Rocky had many interesting assignments while in the service. In Tennessee, at Arnold Engineering Development Center, he was in charge of building and running the world’s largest wind tunnel. At Edwards Air Force Base in California, he was in charge of the Rocket Propulsion Lab. In Hawthorne, California, he was in charge of propulsion work at the Space and Missile Systems Organization.
When Rocky retired as a Lt. Col. from the Air Force he went to work for TRW in Washington, D.C., managing their contracts with the military for several years before retiring completely. He and Helen then moved to Medford, Oregon, and truly loved the beauty of the Rogue Valley area. Rocky was a champion golfer and a very active member of the Rogue Valley Country Club. He proudly belonged to the “Hole in One Club” and shot his age many times between the ages of 73 and 91. He was delighted when his grandson, Ian, showed an interest in the game. He spent many joyful hours on the course with him teaching him the finer points of the game. He loved fishing in the lakes and streams of Oregon as well as the Teton and Yellowstone area of Wyoming. He owned a boat for many years that he kept at the Pacific coast, and with Helen by his side, loved to go salmon fishing in the ocean. He and Helen also liked to garden. She grew beautiful flowers, and he grew delicious tomatoes. He always loved to tell the story of the tomatoes he grew in his backyard in Tennessee that got so tall he had to pick them with a stepladder.
In 2008 Rocky and Helen moved to River Heights, Utah, to live with their daughter, Jan, and her family. He loved being close to family and keeping track of his five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He enjoyed warm evenings on the deck sitting with Max, the dog, and trying to out-whistle Sam, the cockatiel. There was nothing better than topping that off with a nice juicy hamburger with a thick slice of tomato and onion. A close second would be dinner at Angie’s and a cup of the “best coffee in town”.
Rocky was preceded in death by his parents and all his siblings who also enjoyed long lives, his wife Helen and their infant son, Donald. He is survived by his step son, James David Isbell and his wife Jean; his daughter, Jan Parent, and her husband, Mike; grandchildren: Robin, Ian, Jimmy, Jeff, Shana; and great grandchildren: Morgan, Connor, James, Cameron, Kathleen, and Landon; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Rocky and his family would like to thank the staff at Terrace Grove Assisted Living Center for their kind and loving care during his stay there. Thanks also to his friends in the dinner group: Mel, Roy, and Lyman. He was very fond of you all. We are very appreciative of the care provided by the Logan Regional Hospital staff, IHC Hospice, and Dr. Faux and his staff.
On May 6, 2013, Governor Jay Inslee announced four new appointments to the Washington Student Achievement Council, including Dr. Susana Reyes ’96, 07 EDD. The cabinet-level agency was formed last year to oversee the state’s higher education system, provide strategic planning and advocacy for increased student success and to align pre-K-12 and post-secondary education opportunities.
Dr. Reyes has served as Assistant Superintendent in the Pullman School District since 2006, providing leadership and oversight for district-wide instruction, curriculum development and assessment. She also administers all state and federal programs including Special Education, Title I/LAP, Title II, Title III, ELL and Highly Capable. She will be joining the Mead School District on July 1, 2013 as the Assistant Superintendent of Special Programs. Dr. Reyes is a first generation college graduate, earning her B.A., Ed.M. and Ed.D. at Washington State University.
“With this new council we have a great opportunity to rethink how we work with the business community to help students access the training and education they need to be successful and attain the knowledge and skills that our employers demand,” said Inslee. “These education and business leaders bring a broad range of experience and expertise that will help us better align our higher education and K-12 systems so all of our students have a better shot at success.”
Dr. Adolfo Benavides ’77 MA, ’82 PhD, has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs (VPAA) of Texas A&M University-Commerce, effective July 1, 2013.
Dr. Benavides received a Ph.D. in economics from Washington State University. He currently serves as dean and professor of economics in the College of Business Administration at Tarleton State University. Prior to his position at Tarleton, he served as assistant dean and associate dean in the College of Business at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Benavides, a well-respected educator, has extensive knowledge in higher education and experience with regional (SACS) and specialized (AACSB, AIBET) accreditation processes and criteria.
“Dr. Benavides brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position of provost, and we are fortunate to have him join the leadership team at A&M-Commerce. We look forward to welcoming him and his family,” said A&M-Commerce President Dan Jones.
“I am immensely appreciative of the trust that President Jones and the university community have placed in me. I look forward to collaborating with the deans, department heads, faculty, staff, students, and other constituents to continue to make great developments happen at A&M-Commerce.” said Dr. Benavides. “On a more personal note, I am thrilled to say…What a great day it is to become a LION!!!”
Dr. Benavides is known for his consensus-building management style and personal approach to leadership.
“As one privileged to know both institutions rather well and to have had the privilege of working with Dr. Benavides personally, I can say with confidence that Tarleton has lost a very highly respected dean and Texas A&M University-Commerce has hired an outstanding provost and VPAA,” said Interim Provost Gary Peer.
Four candidates visited A&M-Commerce for comprehensive two-day interviews. Candidates met with multiple university groups including department heads, University Executive Council, Deans Council, President’s Advisory Council, Provost Staff, Faculty Senate, and an open forum for faculty, staff, and students.
Official approval of this appointment is expected at the August 8-9, 2013 meeting of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. Pending board approval, he will serve as the Acting Provost and VPAA.
From Dr. Teena McDonald ’80, Superintendent, Stevenson-Carson School District:
At the 2013 WSU Spokane Commencement Breakfast on May 3, Anthony Frei, President of the Inland Empire WSU Alumni Association, spoke words which had special meaning to three alumni. Anthony shared how WSU allows people to make life-long friendships, which is certainly the case for WSU grads Laurie Cayton ’79, Teena McDonald ’80, and Michelle Nelson ’82. Thirty-five years ago these three Cougs were roommates in Pullman who forged a friendship which has included WSU as the cornerstone.
Michelle, who is currently a professor of Marketing at Linfield College in Oregon, first came to WSU as a graduate student in 1978. Michelle was an exchange student from Germany attending as a non-degree seeking student. She ended up staying and received her MBA from WSU in 1982. She then returned to Germany, and later came back to WSU in 1989 to complete her doctorate in marketing.
Laurie graduated as an English major in 1979, later moved to Utah and received her law degree from the University of Utah in 1985. She is currently a trial attorney for the Department of Justice in Salt Lake City. Although she no longer lives in the Northwest, she still maintains her connections with her WSU friends and family.
Finally, Teena graduated in 1980 as a teacher. She has worked in the field of education for thirty-three years, both as a teacher and as a principal. She is currently the School Superintendent at Stevenson-Carson School District near Vancouver, WA.
These three women were reunited when Teena received her doctorate in education from WSU at the May 3 commencement ceremonies. The three friends had vowed to travel to Spokane for a reunion when Teena graduated once again from WSU. Teena will be joining the WSU faculty ranks in the fall as a clinical professor at the Spokane campus. She encourages this year’s graduates to stay in touch with their fellow Cougars, providing themselves with the opportunity to share life’s milestones together.
The valuable education received at WSU has helped many students reach their life’s goals. Little did these three young roommates imagine they would be reunited 35 years later to celebrate the third doctorate obtained by the group. The seed of achievement was planted by the excellent professors at Washington State, and continues today, giving students the belief that they can achieve their dreams with hard work and dedication.
By the way, we wrote this before the ceremony and Dr. Floyd also talked about developing life- long connections and friendships. It seemed appropriate to send this your way.