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WSU’s Office of Corporate Engagement now part of President’s Office in restructuring


By David Schwartz
Published: May 4th, 2021

The WSU Office of Corporate Engagement is moving to the Office of the President as part of the ongoing restructuring, with a goal of creating a more unified university system.

Formerly under the Office of the Provost, the office will be headed by Alex Pietsch in his role as executive director of corporate engagement.

“Under Alex’s leadership and in partnership and coordination from relevant administrative and academic units across the WSU System, the Office of Corporate Engagement will maintain a tiered approach to maintaining and growing holistic corporate partnerships that result in increased hiring of WSU graduates, sponsorship of and other financial support for WSU activities impacting currently enrolled students, philanthropic giving to WSU, initiation of applied research projects with WSU faculty members and participation on advisory boards,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz.

Pietsch heads an operation that includes development personnel working on behalf of each campus as well as several departments and colleges. All are working to maintain strong existing bonds with corporate partners as well as pursuing new opportunities with other major players in the technology, manufacturing, and agricultural industries across Washington and the region.

“By reorganizing in this way, we’ll raise the profile and credibility of the Office of Corporate Engagement and bring about more opportunities for WSU campuses and departments across the system,” Pietsch said.

Source: WSU Insider

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