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November 29, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Former Senate leader to head WSU Spokane

Former state Senate majority leader Lisa Brown, an associate professor at Gonzaga University, has a new job: She will become chancellor at Washington State University Spokane beginning in January.

Brown will replace Brian Pitcher, who will stay on in a senior role assisting Brown.

Brown served in the Legislature for 20 years, starting in the House in 1992 and moving to the Senate in 1996. She did did not run for re-election this year.

Brown teaches in the graduate-level Organizational Leadership Program at Gonzaga and spearheaded the health sciences education and research initiative in Spokane. There was no immediate word on her salary.

In 2005, she became the first Democratic woman in the state to be Senate majority leader.  She studied economics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she earned a Ph.D.

The Spokane campus of WSU is a graduate and professional research institution in the health sciences. Its new biomedical and health sciences building is scheduled to be completed in fall 2013.

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