The Chancellor's Award for Service to WSU Vancouver was created to recognize and salute selfless dedication and commitment to the WSU Vancouver community through active participation in campus activities, demonstrated leadership on behalf of WSU Vancouver and dedication of time, talent and resources toward advancing the mission of WSU. This award is presented annually at the WSU Vancouver commencement ceremony.
Leslie Wykoff served more than 16 years at WSU Vancouver before retiring as library director in 2011. Wykoff was chosen as a 2012 recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Service to Washington State University Vancouver for her outstanding service, demonstrated leadership and gifts of time, talent and resources toward advancing the university’s mission.
About six months after Wykoff joined WSU Vancouver, she was asked by Chancellor Emeritus Hal Dengerink to manage information technology and the Washington High Educations Telecommunication System (WHETS) in addition to the library. When the new campus opened in 1996, Wykoff was responsible for relocating the library from the one-room library at Clark College’s Bauer Hall to the new WSU Vancouver campus in Salmon Creek. She and her team moved the library, IT and WHETS in a single weekend and had everything up and running for classes on Monday.
Wykoff was determined to procure world-class access to scholarly databases for faculty, students and everyone else who used the library. She worked with WSU libraries, the Portland area library system and Orbis Cascade library consortia to build the database.
Wykoff’s legacy will continue to advance the mission of the WSU Vancouver Library and the campus as a whole.
In addition to her many roles on campus, Wykoff also worked extensively with groups in the community. Partnering with the Clark County Historical Museum, Wykoff helped spearhead projects to make local historical information readily available. This included the Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive—a collaboration between WSU, the Idaho State Historical Society, the Oregon Historical Society and the Washington State Historical Society. Through CRBEHA, Wykoff worked with co-investigator Laurie Mercier who is the Claudius O. and Mary W. Johnson Distinguished Professor of History, to help create a database that allowed online researchers to tap into the significant resources available in museums, libraries and historical societies.