Portrait of Brent in Sport CoatProvost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Brent Carbajal, (360-650-3547)


Dr. Carbajal earned his BA from Lewis & Clark College and his MA and PhD from the University of Washington. He has been at Western since 1997, serving as a professor of Spanish and for eight years as chair of the University’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs since 2013, he also served as Dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences from 2008-2013. Prior to Western, he was an assistant and associate professor of Spanish at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He has published widely in the areas of Latin American literature and culture and Hispanic-American literature and culture.


Melinda Assink, Assistant to the Provost (360-650-3547)

Casey Garboden, Office Assistant Lead/Front Desk Receptionist for the President & Provost Offices (360-650-3480)

Sue Guenter-Schlesinger, Special Assistant to the Provost (360-650-3307)


Brian Burton PortraitAssociate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Brian Burton (360-650-3389)​



Ichi Kwon, Director for Academic Budget and Administration (360-650-6837)

Austin Cooper, Faculty Relations Manager (360-650-3915)

Mark Okinaka, Senior Academic Budget and Finance Analyst (360-650-3729)

Jenny Sidwell, Management Analyst (360-650-3509)

Lauren Kayda, Faculty Relations Assistant (360-650-2259)


Chuck Lanham PortraitVice Provost for Information Technology/CIO

Chuck Lanham (360-650-3917)


Diane Bateman, Administrative Assistant (360-650-3917)


Steve VanderStaay PortraitVice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Steven VanderStaay (360-650-3004)​


Rebecca McLean, Fiscal Specialist (360-650-6607)


David PatrickInterim Vice Provost for Research/Dean of the Graduate School

David Patrick (360-650-2884)

Connie Hernandez, Administrative Secretary to the Vice Provost for Research/Dean of the Graduate School (360-650-2884)


Drew Nishiyama PortraitInterim Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity ADA and Title IX Coordinator

Drew Nishiyama (360-650-3307)


Lynae Rickman, Manager, Equal Opportunity Compliance (360-650-2307)

Samantha Fagergren, Administrative Assistant (360-650-3307)


Robert SquiresVice Provost for Outreach and Continuing Education

Robert Squires (360-650-4446) 


Mary McLachlan, Administrative Assistant to the Vice Provost for Extended Education (360-650-3308)


Additional Provost Office Staff

Office for Institutional Effectiveness (Institutional Research and Survey Research)

John Krieg, Director of Institutional Effectiveness 

Beth Hartsoch, Research Analyst, Survey Research

Chris Stark, Research Associate, Survey Research

Vanessa Daines, Administrative Assistant, Office of Institutional Effectiveness

Andy Samuel, Database Administrator, Office of Institutional Effectiveness

Kimberlie Struiksma, Data Consultant 3, Office of Institutional Effectiveness

Ming Zhang, Director of Institutional Research (360-650-4454)



Space Administration


Ellen Kuhlmann, Space Analyst (360-650-3935)