After more than 30 years at Oregon State University, Provost and Executive Vice President Sabah Randhawa has accepted an appointment as the 14th president of Western Washington University in Bellingham.
Randhawa has served as Oregon State’s chief academic officer and second-ranking administrator since 2005, helping lead the university through a period of extraordinary progress. During his tenure, enrollment surged with an emphasis on high-achieving, underrepresented minorities, international and online students. OSU-Cascades in Bend expanded to a four-year university with a new campus to open this fall. And the Campaign for OSU raised $1.14 billion for more than 600 scholarships and fellowships, 79 new faculty endowments and 28 construction and renovation projects that have transformed the Corvallis campus.
“Oregon State University is dear to my heart,” Randhawa says. “I am proud of the campus community that we have worked hard to become. OSU is a place that is continuously guided by our core values. We are committed to being a great place to work, learn and flourish.”
Randhawa first came to Oregon from Pakistan as a graduate student in the 1970s, earning a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Oregon State in 1980 and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 1983. He later joined the faculty in the College of Engineering and served in a range of academic, teaching and administrative positions for the college before taking on university-wide leadership roles.
“Sabah has been my closest partner in so much of what we’ve been able to accomplish at OSU, and he is a dear friend,” says Oregon State President Ed Ray. “There are only a few leaders who have a global vision and can still see the big picture while taking care of the extraordinary daily challenges that a provost deals with. Sabah blends skill and efficiency with fairness and personal compassion, and he’s left a lasting mark on OSU.”
Western Washington University has an enrollment of 15,332 students, seven academic colleges and more than 160 degree programs. Randhawa was chosen from among a pool of 75 applicants to replace retiring president Bruce Shepard.
“I look forward to my new role with the Western Washington University community, but I will always be a part of Beaver Nation,” Randhawa says. “I know that Oregon State has a very bright future, and I am so pleased to have been a part of its journey.”