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EWU President Arévalo announces retirement


This July, Eastern Washington University will sadly discharge its current president after eight years of dedication to the school.

Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo announced his retirement from the university last Friday.

Under Arévalo’s tenure as president, the Cheney campus has seen many changes.

The Inferno’s blazing red turf at Roos field, a much-needed new dorm, a renovated and upgraded Patterson Hall and an immaculate student recreation center were all contributions under Arévalo’s residence as president.

The shoes Arévalo is leaving behind are big enough for Swoop the EWU mascot.

He is leaving behind a legacy that included a negotiation agreed upon last September for faculty compensation that allowed for salaries to meet market rates, to alleviate inequities that had been growing.

“The search for a new president will be handled by the board of trustees,” Vice President for University Advancement, Mike Westfall said.

Since the university is still in early stages of accepting the idea of a new president the first step will be for the board to work out a calendar for the next coming months and beginning the process of finding another person qualified to fill the spot.

“Dr. Arévalo’s thoughtful and measured approach to the many challenges and opportunities the past eight years has put the university and its students in a remarkable position to succeed,” EWU board of trustees chair, Paul Tanaka said in a press release Friday.

He added,” Arévalo will be “greatly missed.”

Arévalo’s contributions to EWU do not stop at physical changes to the campus, but also within the student body itself.

Under him, Arévalo was able to get enrollment over 12,000 students and has been dedicated to increasing student retention and graduation rates.

Arévalo is retiring with more than 42 years of higher education experience and was the state’s first Latino president when he accepted the position in 2006.

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