Associate Vice President, External Engagement and Strategic Initiatives
Associate Vice President,
External Engagement and Strategic Initiatives
Kim Holapa has called Washington State University home for nearly 30 years. When she arrived as an undergraduate student, she knew almost immediately WSU was where she wanted to be for the long term. Sharing that experience of what it is to be a Coug and the work she is doing now to make students feel at home on any WSU campus, is what makes her work as Associate Vice President for External Engagement & Strategic Initiatives so rewarding.
“Students come to WSU through any number of pathways and the work of Student Affairs meets them where they are,” Kim said. “Helping students find their community of support, lifelong friends, and opportunities to explore leadership is what the Division is all about.”
Highlighting examples of how the Division helps students become lifelong Cougs is where Kim comes in. Her work with alumni and friends of the institution helps not only current students, but she also connects people who care deeply about this work to help them find ways to give of their time, talent, and financial resources.
Mary Jo Gonzales, Vice President of Student Affairs, said Kim brings to the team a wealth of experience and knowledge in advancement and alumni relations, a valuable skill set for working on strategic, system-wide initiatives for the Division.
“Kim’s important work includes partnering with colleagues on each campus to showcase our priorities, finding ways they can be adapted and scaled for each campus community, as well as facilitating strategic project work that reaches across all areas of the Division,” Gonzales said.
During her time with WSU, Kim has held leadership roles in the Office of Student Financial Services (then known as Student Financial Aid and Scholarship Services), the WSU Foundation, and the College of Education. While a student pursuing a degree in English, Kim worked at the Daily Evergreen, serving as a reporter, Managing Editor, and Editor in Chief. Kim also holds a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the WSU College of Education.