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Elizabeth Chilton leaves WSU and takes a job as president of the University of New Hampshire – The Daily Evergreen

Elizabeth Chilton, chancellor of Washington State University’s Pullman campus, will leave WSU after being named the next president of the University of New Hampshire.

Chilton will take the position on July 1. according to a press release from UNH.

Chilton’s departure comes next President Kirk Schulz’s announcement to retire after the 2024-2025 school year. Schulz plans to appoint an interim chancellor for the Pullman campus in the coming weeks. according to a press release from WSU.

Prior to her appointment as Pullman’s chancellor in January 2022, Chilton joined the WSU community in May 2020 as provost and systemwide executive vice president.

As the inaugural chancellor of WSU Pullman, Chilton facilitated system-wide budget redesigns and the allocation of $1 million to address faculty salary inequality on WSU campuses, according to the Office of the Provost. In addition to implementing structural changes at WSU Pullman, Chilton hired fifteen faculty experts on racism and social inequality and established the Office of Equity and Inclusive Excellence.

“Dr. Chilton left her indelible mark on the evolution of WSU as a statewide system – both as provost and as the inaugural chancellor of the WSU Pullman campus,” said Schulz. “I have appreciated her leadership and exhaustive commitment to WSU over the past nearly four years and wish her the best.”

Chilton served as both chancellor and provost in an effort to have Schulz “focus on the growth and development of the entire WSU system… (and) to broaden the scope of his work while ensuring WSU Pullman dedicated leadership kept.” according to a WSU press release.

The roles of chancellor and provost will be separated when T. Chris Riley-Tillman will take over his position as provost on July 1. As provost, Riley-Tillman will help Schulz and the interim chancellor determine the future of WSU’s administrative structure, according to a WSU news release.