Chancellor Emeritus H. A. “Hal” Dengerink led campus growth at WSU Vancouver from 1989–2011. He also served as special assistant to the president of WSU. In that capacity he examined and recommended policy strategies to the evolving WSU multi-campus system.
Dengerink retired from Washington State University Aug. 15 after a remarkable 42-year career. He joined WSU as a faculty member in psychology in 1969. Dengerink held various leadership roles on the Pullman campus until 1989 when he came to Vancouver to establish and lead the new WSU Vancouver branch campus. Upon Dengerink’s retirement, the Administration building on campus was renamed the Harold A. Dengerink Administration building and he was bestowed with the title Chancellor Emeritus, the first in WSU’s history.
Dengerink was active in the Vancouver community. He served on the board of directors of the Columbia River Economic Development Council and Southwest Washington Medical Center. He was appointed by Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire to the Washington Technology Center board of directors. Dengerink previously served as co-chair of the Columbia River Crossing Task Force and later co-chair for the Project Sponsors Council for the Columbia River Crossing.
Dengerink’s noteworthy accomplishments include receiving the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District VIII Leadership Award in 2009 in recognition of his many achievements as a visionary and successful leader, receiving the 2011 Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Washington State Psychological Association and being selected as Vancouver’s First Citizen in 2011.
Dengerink died Sept. 14, 2011 after battling glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, for nearly two years.