About Chancellor Emile “Mel” Netzhammer

Chancellor Mel NetzhammerMel Netzhammer is Washington State University Vancouver’s second chancellor. He joined the university in July 2012 to grow the campus and deliver on its mission to increase the baccalaureate degree attainment rate in Southwest Washington.

Netzhammer previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Keene State College in New Hampshire. There he helped develop and implement an academic plan for the campus, and provided leadership for the accreditation process by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

In his new community, Netzhammer serves on the Columbia River Economic Development Council’s Board of Directors, the STEM Governance Committee for Southwest Washington and on the Vancouver Public Schools’ Management Advisory Task Force.

He also serves on the National Implementation Committee for the American Democracy Project. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities honored Netzhammer with the 2012 William Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement for advancing the civic learning of undergraduates through programs and activities that encourage greater knowledge, skills, experiences and reflection about the role of citizens in a democracy.

A native of New Orleans, Netzhammer earned his bachelor’s degree in communication from Loyola University in New Orleans. He earned his master’s degree in mass communication and Ph.D. in communication from the University of Utah.

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