Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas-Pan American, was named the 25th president of Eastern Washington University Monday, Jan. 9.
In addition, Arévalo also becomes the first Latino president of EWU and of any public four-year college or university in the state of Washington.
Arévalo, who participated in the EWU presidential search interviews and open forums Nov. 21-22, was selected from three finalists compiled after a nationwide search to succeed EWU President Dr. Stephen Jordan who stepped down in June 2005.
"I'm sure the University community joins me in celebrating the achievement of this native son of Edinburg as president of Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash.," UTPA President Dr. Blandina Cárdenas said. "Dr. Arévalo has implemented and promoted countless additional educational programs and recruited impressive faculty to this institution. On a personal note, I am grateful for his professionalism and hard work during our time together. On behalf of UTPA, I offer Dr. Arévalo heartfelt congratulations and wish him great success on this latest career endeavor."
Other EWU presidential finalists included Dr. Andrew Bodman, vice president for Academic Affairs and provost of Western Washington University, in Bellingham, Wash., and Dr. John William Folkins, vice president for Academic Affairs and provost of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
EWU, located in Cheney, Wash. just 17 miles from Spokane, has a student enrollment of more than 9,800 students with 2,000 students living on campus. In addition, the Washington campus offers more than 200 fields of study.
Arévalo, who has been with UTPA since 1998, starts his EWU presidential duties April 1.