Paul Whitney Named Associate Vice President

PULLMAN, Wash. – Paul Whitney, who has nearly 30 years of experience at Washington State University, has been named Associate Vice President for the school’s Office of International Programs.

Dr. Whitney earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Mary’s University (Texas), a master’s in developmental psychology at the University of New Orleans, and his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.

He has held several positions during his time in Pullman, including the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Arts & Sciences since July, 2012.

“Paul’s multi-disciplinary background and commitment to making WSU a powerhouse international research institution is the exact recipe for greatness at our University,” Vice President for International Programs Asif Chaudhry said. He will be an invaluable part of our team. He is very well connected throughout all colleges and campuses throughout the WSU system, and he shares my vision of increasing our global footprint.”

Whitney came to WSU in 1987 as an assistant professor and became a professor in 1998, a title he still holds. He was named Chair for the Department of Psychology in July, 2000.

In August, 2005, Whitney became the Associate Dean for Research for the then-College of Liberal Arts. Beginning in August, 2008, he served a six-month stint as the interim dean before taking on the role of Senior Associate Dean for the college in February, 2009.

He served in that capacity until June, 2012, when he accepted his most recent position with the College of Arts & Sciences.

“I am excited and honored to be joining the outstanding International Programs team,” Whitney said. “It has never been more important to bring an international perspective to WSU students, and for the University to increase its education, research, and outreach impact worldwide. Great universities are globally connected. I welcome the opportunity to help WSU students and faculty work to make us a more globally connected institution.”

Whitney will begin his work in International Programs, May 1.