Washington State University has made Dan Bernardo’s position as provost a permanent.
Formerly vice president of agriculture and extension, and the dean of WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, Bernardo moved into the provost position in May 2013 on an interim basis.
WSU President Elson Floyd announced Bernardo as the new provost and executive vice president April 29, effective immediately.
“Dr. Bernardo is a highly skilled administrator with the professional capability to help take the university to the next level,” Floyd stated in a WSU press release. “He is deeply committed to the institution, its land-grant mission and the entirety of its academic enterprise.”
“The position of provost and executive vice president carries with it an enormous set of responsibilities, and I look forward to working with the faculty to advance the academic reputation and excellence of WSU,” Bernardo said in the press release. “Stability of leadership is critical to the long-term advancement of any academic institution; I am committed to seeing our envisioned transformation to one of the nation’s truly outstanding land-grant institutions become reality.”
According to WSU, Bernardo focused on building relationships with agricultural stakeholders, improving research facilities and building a world-class faculty. The college nearly doubled its extramural funding and “dramatically” increased undergraduate and graduate enrollments.
As interim provost, Bernardo spearheaded the strategic planning process, engaging, faculty, staff, student and stakeholders statewide. WSU’s new strategic plan is scheduled to go before the Board of Regents May 9, according to the university.