Assistant Vice Chancellor, Finance
One thing Linda McDermott has always strived to do during her many years of working in education is thoroughly understand the wants and needs of students being served.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re working on the frontline or behind the scenes, it is about asking the right questions of decision-makers to make sure what we are doing aligns with the needs and wants of students,” she said. “In my role as assistant vice president who oversees our Division’s finances, I can encourage the conversations to be reflective of those needs and the goals outlined in our strategic plan.”
Before coming to WSU, Linda served as the associate superintendent for school support services with Spokane Public Schools (SPS). As the district’s chief operating and fiscal officer, she provided leadership oversight of school district operations, including human resources, finance, accounting, budget, payroll and benefit operations, purchasing and warehousing, enrollment reporting, student nutrition services, student health services, safety and transportation services. Prior to joining SPS in 2010, she served the Community Colleges of Spokane for over 20 years in various administrative roles, including chief financial and budget officer.
McDermott considers herself a lifelong learner and values opportunities to see what others are doing at other institutions regionally and nationally. She serves on the Northeast Washington Association of School Administrators executive committee and is the past chair of the Washington Association of School Business Officials legislative affairs committee. She held statewide leadership positions in Washington’s community and technical college system, and currently serves on the advisory committee for the Gonzaga University’s College of Education and the Spokane Community College Business & Hospitality Department.
Linda received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University, before earning her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from WSU. She is also a certified public accountant.
She worked on her doctorate while living in Spokane and fondly remembers spending time on the Pullman campus during the summers, where she became instantly energized by the WSU community. Now as a member of the Student Affairs team, she is looking forward to this being a highlight of her career.
“To be able to return to WSU at this stage of my career and to be able to give back, it means a lot to me,” said McDermott. “Of all the places I could have chosen for my next step, I couldn’t be happier to be at WSU.”