Rodolfo Arevalo, the president of Eastern Washington University and the first Latino president of any Washington public four-year college or university, announced Friday that he will retire July 15.
Arevalo has been president of the Cheney university for eight years. He will retire with more than 42 years of higher-education experience.
According to a university news release, Arevalo recently negotiated a new faculty compensation contract that was praised nationally. He started a new plan to improve student retention and graduation, and launched EWU’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign.
During his tenure, the regional university opened a new recreation center and residence hall, renovated its largest academic building and installed red turf at Roos Field, the outdoor football stadium. The football team also won the FCS National Championship in 2010.
The school will release information in coming weeks about the search for a new president.