President Barack Obama announced in October the appointment of Dr. Nancy Rodriguez ’98 PhD as director of the National Institute of Justice. The NIJ is the federal agency that serves as the research, development and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. It’s dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ provides objective and independent knowledge and tools to reduce crime and promote justice, particularly at the state and local levels.
Dr. Nancy Rodriguez is a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University (ASU), a position she has held since 2012. She first joined the ASU faculty in 1998. Dr. Rodriguez recently completed her tenure as Associate Dean for Student Engagement in the College of Public Programs at ASU. Prior to this, she was an Associate Professor from 2004 to 2012 and an Assistant Professor from 1998 to 2004. Dr. Rodriguez is an Executive Counselor of the American Society of Criminology (ASC). She is a recipient of several awards for her research, including the W.E.B. Dubois Award from the Western Society of Criminology, and the Coramae Richey Mann Award from the ASC Division on People of Color and Crime. Dr. Rodriguez received a B.A. from Sam Houston State University and a Ph.D. from Washington State University.
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Joshua Meek (’99 Education/English) was recently selected as the new Assistant Superintendent of the Moses Lake School District. Meek has been an administrator at Moses Lake High School for the past 11 years, serving as Principal for the past 6 years. Meek has been selected as the Big 9 Principal of the Year in 2011 and 2013. In addition to his work at Moses Lake High School he will completed his doctorate degree from WSU this year, and earned is Superintendent certification from WSU in 2013. Meek’s dissertation focuses on high school principal mindfulness and instructional leadership. Prior to his work in Moses Lake he was a teacher in the Puyallup School District for five years. Meek holds a BA in English and Secondary Education from Washington State University (1999) and Masters of Education in School Administration from the University of Puget Sound (2004). Meek has been married to wife Courtney since 2004 and they are proud parents to three sons Hayden (2006), Masen (2008), and Camden (2012).
Bud Withers (’70 Comm.) retired from The Seattle Times after 45 years as a sportswriter.
“Two words: Good gig. No, make that great gig. Where else do you get a front-row seat to describe triumph, heartbreak, euphoria, tragedy, all of it wound around the confounding notion that these are games, and they’re very important to a lot of people? Where else do they send you to three Summer Olympics, to 20 Final Fours, to 73 separate weekends of the NCAA basketball tournament? The whole thing was a collage of the sublime and the stupid, the magnificent and the quirky,” describes Withers.
Dr. Ryan Patten graduated from WSU with a PhD in Criminal Justice. He has now been awarded a full professorship at California State University, Chico beginning fall semester 2015.
It’s been 14 years since Clallam County Fire District 3 has hired a new fire chief, and Ben Andrews was just been chosen to step up from his position as Assistant Chief to fulfill the shoes of Chief Steve Vogol who is retiring after 34 years with the department.
Andrews graduated from WSU in 1993 with a degree in Public Administration.
Chapman University’s College of Educational Studies appointed Margaret Grogan as the college’s fourth dean. Grogan originally comes from Australia, and has traveled across the globe teaching at different institutions. She has taught in Australia, Tokyo, Missouri, California, and Virginia. Grogan got her BA degree at the University of Queensland and her doctorate from WSU.