Mel Netzhammer has served as chancellor of Washington State University Vancouver since July 2012. As the second chancellor in WSU Vancouver’s history, he works to advance the university’s founding goals, including its mission to provide access to baccalaureate-level education and a higher baccalaureate-degree attainment rate in Southwest Washington.
Previously, Netzhammer served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Keene State College in New Hampshire, where he helped develop and implement an academic plan for the campus. As chief academic officer, he was honored with the 2012 William Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The award recognized Netzhammer’s work to advance the civic learning of undergraduates by encouraging greater knowledge, skills, experiences and reflection about the role of citizens in a democracy.
Netzhammer’s own civic engagement is extensive, including several organizations dedicated to education and economic development in Vancouver and Portland. He serves on the boards of the Columbia River Economic Development Council and Greater Portland Inc., the STEM Governance Committee for Southwest Washington, and the Vancouver Public Schools’ Management Advisory Task Force. He is also a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Board of Directors and the National Implementation Committee for the American Democracy Project, a multicampus initiative to prepare the next generation of informed, engaged citizens.
A native of New Orleans, Netzhammer earned a bachelor’s degree in communication at Loyola University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in communication from the University of Utah.
Additional reading and remarks
- WSU Vancouver's role in the new medical school (YouTube) from January 13, 2016
- Reflection to campus community (PDF) from November 20, 2015
- 10 Things About Chancellor Netzhammer from September 2, 2015
- State of the Campus Address (YouTube) from August 27, 2015
- 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner remarks (PDF) from November 7, 2014