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Jul 28, 2015

University of Alaska Southeast

The University of Alaska Southeast has announced Priscilla Schulte as interim provost, while the search for a permanent provost is expected to begin in August. The Juneau Empire reportsthat Schulte, who is director of the university's Ketchikan campus, is expected to serve as interim provost until the beginning of summer 2016, when a permanent provost is to be named. Schulte holds a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. According to her UAS biography, some of her specializations include multicultural education, Alaska Native culture and sociocultural change.

Artist Trust

Artist Trust announced the Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award, unrestricted award of $10,000 that will go to a state literary artist engaged in storytelling through various disciplines. The discipline focus for 2015 will be fiction. Future awards will focus on storytelling through other artistic disciplines. Artist Trust is partnering with Gar LaSalle in the new award.

U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank named Mike Katz market president and head of commercial banking for the Puget Sound region, effective Aug. 1. Katz succeeds Chris Heman, who is moving out of the market. Katz has been with U.S. Bank for 13 years, most recently leading banking relationship managers in Denver. He also worked at CH2M Hill and Wells Fargo. U.S. Bank has 91 branches in this market.

Jul 24, 2015

Washington State University

Glen E. Duncan, Ph.D., former associate professor and graduate program coordinator for nutritional sciences at the University of Washington, has been named chair of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane.


Energi, a provider of risk management and insurance programs for the energy industry based in Peabody, Massachusetts, has opened its first Pacific Northwest regional office at Legacy Crown Pointe in Kirkland. Patricia K. Boudrot said this will give the firm access to more energy markets in the U.S. and Canada. Five Energi employees are moving to Kirkland and the company expects additional hiring. Energi has offices in New Jersey, Florida, Texas, Illinois, California, Connecticut and Toronto. Derek Davidson is regional vice president.

Jul 23, 2015

King County

The Metropolitan King County Council and Seattle City Council confirmed Patty Hayes as director of Public Health-Seattle & King County. Hayes has been interim director since August 2014. Before joining Public Health in 2012 she was executive director of WithinReach, a statewide nonprofit that connects families to food and health resources, and also held leadership positions at Washington State Department of Health.

Heartwood Provisions

A new restaurant called Heartwood Provisions will open at First and Spring in Seattle serving contemporary American cuisine and beverages. Cocktail and wine industry expert Amanda Reed will be beverage director. She was recruited early to help build the cocktail and wine menu, design the bar and collaborate with Chef Varin Keokitvon on pairing food and beverages.

Jul 22, 2015

Olympic Physical Therapy

ATI Physical Therapy of Bolingbrook, Illinois, said it has added Olympic Physical Therapy's nine clinics in the Puget Sound area to its brand. ATI said the addition means it will have 33 outpatient physical therapy clinics in Washington state. Olympic provides physical therapy, sports medicine and workers' compensation services. The management team and clinic staff will continue in their roles. ATI has more than 470 clinics in 16 states.

Washington State University

Washington State University Interim President Dan Bernardo named Ron Mittelhammer interim co-provost. He is dean of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences. Mittelhammer named Kimberlee Kidwell acting dean for CAHNRS. Mittelhammer will be interim co-provost with Erica Austin, vice provost of WSU.

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