Chamber of Commerce lunch speaker spoke about economic impact of WSU research

PULLMAN, WA - Washington State University is just a couple days into a new semester, and university leaders seem to be diving into it with a positive attitude.

WSU Interim Provost and Executive Vice President, Doctor Daniel Bernardo gave the Pullman community a State of The University address during the monthly Chamber of Commerce general membership luncheon. Bernardo explained that WSU's "Land Grant University" status is about more than just agriculture, it's about accessibility.

"It also means that our research is meaningful and impactful, and we are committed to taking that research to the communities and the citizens for economic development," said Bernardo.

WSU saw record enrollment numbers over the last few years, and Bernardo said he expects that to continue in the fall. Bernardo said the university is pleased with the state budget because they didn't need to raise tuition, yet the university could still afford a salary increase for faculty and staff for the first time in five years. Bernardo also said they're in the process of hiring more than 100 new faculty members.