WWU Appoints New Vice President

Cushman to Lead Academic Administration

By: Rosa Jimenez

Bob Cushman

Walla Walla University has named Bob Cushman vice president for academic administration. Cushman, currently chair of WWU's Department of Biological Sciences and professor of paleobiology, will begin his appointment on August 2, 2012.

As the university's chief academic officer, Cushman will be responsible for leadership in all academic programs.

"Dr. Cushman has demonstrated outstanding leadership in his department and we are confident that he will lead the academic activities of this university with professional expertise," says Steve Rose, acting president of WWU.

Cushman has served at WWU since 2008, coming from Loma Linda University where he was chair of the Department of Earth and Biological Sciences.

Cushman is a 1975 WWU biology graduate. He holds a doctoral degree in geology from Colorado School of Mines. He also holds a master's degree in geology from Loma Linda University.

Cushman's research interests include reconstruction of ancient ecosystems: palynology, paleobiology, and ecology.

Cushman and his wife, Judy, a school psychologist and a WWU mentor, have two children.


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