EWU President to step down, university’s provost appointed interim president

Dr. Mary Cullinan
Courtesy: Eastern Washington University

CHENEY, Wash. — Eastern Washington University’s Mary Cullinan announced she will step down from her role as university president.

Cullinan made the announcement in a Board Meeting Tuesday morning.

“I have been honored to serve as Eastern Washington University’s first female president,” Cullinan said. “EWU is a valuable asset to this region with exceptional students, faculty and staff, alumni, and community supporters. I look forward to working with the leadership team to ensure EWU continues on the road to success during these challenging times.”

In June, Eastern Washington University staff and students spoke out, concerned about the university’s future and leadership as it faces a financial downturn. In a Board Meeting, the Senate Faculty voted almost unanimously that it has no confidence in Dr. Cullinan, something the faculty has been building over the years.

Eastern’s Provost, Dr. David May, has been appointed Interim President for the next two years while the university looks for a permanent replacement.

Dr. David May

“I am very thankful to members of the Board of Trustees for their support and trust during this historic time in higher education,” May said. “There are many challenges ahead for EWU and for higher education, but I am eager and excited to work with the university community to strengthen Eastern’s position as we navigate the path ahead together.”

This is a developing story.