Morgan State Alumnus Named WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor
*article from the Washington State University News Center
H. Keith Moo-Young
Tri-Cities community welcomes new chancellor
Friday, June 7, 2013
By Matt Haugen, WSU News
Video by Matt Haugen, WSU News
RICHLAND, Wash. – Hundreds of Washington State University students, staff, faculty and community supporters gathered Thursday afternoon to welcome new WSU Tri-Cities chancellor H. Keith Moo-Young.
Before accepting the chancellor position, Moo-Young had served as dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology at California State University, Los Angeles, since 2006.
“This is a can-do kind of community, and I’m a can-do kind of leader and so one of the things I see is that we have an opportunity to lay a stake in the ground and to continue to make a name for ourselves in signature programs, but doing it in a very different way,” Moo-Young said.
During remarks from Mike Kluse, Laboratory Director of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Fran Forgette, WSU Board of Regents, each praised Moo-Young’s ability to work across community and political barriers and to see the need for a long-term approach at planning.
“I’m really excited about Keith coming into the community, and he’s got a really positive prospective on collaborations with the laboratories, with the other contractors here in the community, and really with the community at large, and he’s really going to pay huge dividends to the community,” said Kluse.
“I think bringing our new chancellor here, I think is going to be a very ripe situation for him to do what he’s done for a long time, which is bring people together and pursue common goals and make things happen that would not likely happen or not happen as well otherwise,” said Forgette.
“In 20 years, when folks in the Tri-Cities say ‘What is the contribution of Washington State University Tri-Cities campus to this area,’ we want you to say it is the intellectual and cultural hub of our community, because I think that is the most important aspect of what a research university can do for a community is to be that nexus where ideas and innovation come together as one and continue to push and transform,” said Moo-Young.
To learn more about Moo-Young’s background, visit this previous WSU News story about him HERE.