Former Washington State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, who did not run for re-election this year, will become the chancellor at Washington State University Spokane beginning in January.
Brown spearheaded the health sciences education and research initiative in Spokane. She is an associate professor in the graduate level Organizational Leadership Program at Gonzaga University.
Elected to the state Senate in 1996, Brown became Democratic Leader in 2003 and, in 2005, became the first Democratic woman in the state to hold the position of Senate Majority Leader. After serving two terms in the House, she was elected to the Senate where, in her first term, she was appointed chair of the Ways and Means Committee.
Born and raised in Robinson, Illinois, Brown studied economics at the University of Illinois, in Champaign-Urbana, and at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, where she earned a Ph.D.
Brown replaces outgoing WSU Spokane Chancellor Brian Pitcher, who will continue in a senior role with the school’s leadership team. (WSU)