Paul E. Pitre, Ph.D.
Washington State University Everett

Dr. Paul Pitre is the Chancellor of Washington State University Everett and the Everett University Center, and an associate professor of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology at Washington State University. A Seattleite and a member of the State Board of Education, he believes that higher education should cultivate homegrown talent. He is an advocate of student choice, access, and equity in higher education.

Prior to accepting the chancellorship, Dr. Pitre served as the first dean for the WSU Everett campus and special assistant to the WSU president for academics in North Puget Sound. Preceding his tenure at WSU, he was a faculty member in the Auburn University Educational Leadership and Sport Management program.

In addition to holding several administrative posts in higher education, Dr. Pitre has worked in Public Affairs for the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and as a Program Management Analyst at the U.S. Department of Education. His love for education extends to his research, which focuses on P-20 education policy, leadership and governance in higher education, and college access and choice.

Dr. Pitre received his doctorate in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland in 2002. He received his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from New York University in 1992, soon after starting the first 2+2 degree program at Olympic College in Bremerton. He received his bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Western Washington University.