WSU President Kirk Schulz visited with legislators in Olympia last week, advocating for the institution’s top legislative priorities.

Over three days, Schulz met with over two dozen legislators discussing employee compensation, the university’s social work and public health degree proposals, nursing reaccreditation efforts, and multiple building projects. You can find WSU’s 2023 legislative agenda here.

With the full Legislature meeting in person for the first time in three years, additional contacts were made in hallways and at the annual Council of Presidents reception.

Earlier in the week WSU Vancouver Chancellor Mel Netzhammer participated in visits with legislators from the Southwest Washington delegation as well. Among WSU’s legislative priorities is funding to operate and maintain the Vancouver Life Sciences Building, previously funded for construction by the Legislature in 2020.

During his visit, Schulz also met with WSU students participating in the Legislature’s internship program as well as student government representatives from Pullman and Vancouver. Starting in 1955, the Legislature has welcomed students to serve as non-partisan, full time legislative interns in Olympia to earn academic credit and valuable work experience.

The state Legislature enters their third week of the 105-day legislative session today.

PIC. 1: Left WSU Pres. Schulz; Right Sen. Hunt (D-Olympia)
PIC. 2: Left to right – WSU Pres. Schulz, WSU Vancouver Chancellor Mel Netzhammer and Rep. Stonier (D-Vancouver)
PIC. 3: Left to right – WSU Pres. Schulz, WSU Senior Director of State Relations Chris Mulick, ASWSU Director of Legislative Affairs Collin Bannister, ASWSUV Director of Legislative Affairs Jessica Smith, WSU students in the Legislative Internship Program, WSU Assistant Director of State Relations Connor Haggerty.