Washington State University (WSU) is a remarkable place, over the years educating hundreds of thousands, conducting innovative research in a wide variety of disciplines, and earning numerous intercollegiate athletics titles. Originally named The Agricultural College, Experiment Station and School of Science of the State of Washington, the school first opened on a wintry 1892 morning with six professors. Today, the institution has more than 2,600 faculty positions and annually awards over 7,000 degrees on multiple campuses—now exceeding 260,000 total since its first graduating class of seven.
In Leading the Crimson and Gray, multiple authors chronicle the lives and legacies of those who served in one of WSU’s most visible roles—president. These executives were responsible for raising funds, shaping strategic visions, addressing faculty and student concerns, attending to fiscal issues, and interacting with lawmakers and business leaders. There were early bitter battles over the Pullman location and curriculum. Other eras brought student unrest and social upheaval, wars, protests, and severe economic depression and recession.
Their accomplishments were substantial. Early presidents launched the college, expanded the academic program beyond agriculture and science, established general education requirements, and took key steps toward eventual university status. Later presidents supported athletic achievement, vastly strengthened enrollment, obtained favorable legislative budgets and support for a capital construction bond referendum, increased research grants and contracts, completed major construction projects, effectively faced massive state allocation cuts, and won bipartisan state legislative backing for a new medical school. Combined, George W. Lilley, John W. Heston, Enoch A. Bryan, Ernest O. Holland, Wilson M. Compton, C. Clement French, W.Glenn Terrell, Samuel H. Smith, V. Lane Rawlins, and Elson S.Floyd left a legacy that makes the Cougar Nation proud.
Illustrations / research notes / index / 256 pages (2019)
AVAILABLE IN APRIL 2019
For the limited edition hardbound, only 125 will be printed. Each collectible volume will be numbered and signed by current WSU President Kirk H. Schulz and WSU Regent Scott E. Carson.