Executive Leadership

Dean Wendy Powers standing in wheat field.

Wendy Powers

Cashup Davis Family Endowed Dean

Wendy Powers is the inaugural Cashup Davis Family Endowed Dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS). Joining CAHNRS on August 15, 2022, Powers embodies the land-grant mission through her collaborative work with agricultural producers and research peers nationwide.

As a scientist, Powers linked research discovery with outreach to the livestock industry, providing knowledge and tools to help producers reduce their environmental impacts while staying competitive and meeting growing consumer demand. She holds a doctorate in animal science and a master’s degree in dairy science from the University of Florida, and a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Cornell University.

Powers began her career as an assistant professor and Extension specialist in animal science at Iowa State University, then moved to Michigan State University, where she served as a full professor in the departments of Animal Science and Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, Extension specialist, and director of environmental stewardship for animal agriculture in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. She was also the first director of the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute for Michigan State University Extension.

Powers comes to Washington State University from the University of California, where she had served as associate vice president for the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources since 2016. She led academic, research, and outreach programs, overseeing county-based cooperative Extension outreach, 12 statewide programs and institutes, and 9 research and Extension centers across California.

Vicki McCracken.

Vicki McCracken

Associate Dean & Director, Extension

Vicki A. McCracken is a professor in the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University and is the previous chair of the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles. She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University with dual majors in economics and home economics (human nutrition track), and completed her master’s and doctorate at the rival Purdue University in agricultural economics. She has spent her entire career since 1984 at WSU, serving as a faculty member and in various administrative leadership positions.

She has taught courses in quantitative methods, intermediate micro, and applied marketing and price analysis. Her research and Extension interests are broad-based, ranging from analysis of social and economic issues of importance in agricultural production contexts to alternative agricultural markets and human health to identifying determinants of student academic success. McCracken has a steady stream of external grant funding that has supported her research, resulting in continuous conference presentations and publications.

McCracken has been active in service throughout her career. She has wide-ranging committee service at WSU and for the agricultural economics profession. She has been honored with awards and leadership positions from numerous organizations, including National Research Initiative: Markets and Trade Panel Manager; W.K. Kellogg Foundation Collaborative Efforts—Partnership 2020; ESCOP/ACOP Leadership Program; Outstanding Teaching and Leadership awards at WSU; and Fellow of the Western Agricultural Economics Association.

Scot Hulbert.

Scot Hulbert

Associate Dean for Research & Interim Agricultural Research Center Director

Scot Hulbert has been the Cook Endowed Chair in the Department of Plant Pathology since 2006, and in 2018, he was named interim associate dean for research and interim Agricultural Research Center director. In his new roles, he’ll supervise the research being done in Pullman as well as CAHNRS research centers and field stations across the state.

Hulbert received a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Washington State University and completed a master’s and doctorate at the University of California-Davis. Before coming to WSU as Endowed Chair, Hulbert worked, taught, and held leadership roles at Purdue University and Kansas State University. In 2002, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Phytopathology, and in 2005, as a Fellow of the American Society for the Advancement of Science.

For the past 12 years, Hulbert has worked alongside fellow CAHNRS scientists to find solutions to global and local threats facing farms, food, and the environment. As interim director of the Agricultural Research Center, Hulbert will preside over one of the leading drivers of research at WSU. CAHNRS and the Agricultural Research Center contribute more than 40 percent of the University’s extramural funding budget—$83 million in 2016.

Nancy Deringer.

Nancy Deringer

Interim Associate Dean of Student Success & Academic Programs

Nancy Deringer is the interim associate dean for Student Success and Academic Programs, an associate professor and principal investigator (PI) for the USDA-NIFA Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP)—Kalispel Tribe; and PI for the USDA-NIFA Children, Youth, Families At-Risk (CYFAR) Dive4TECH—Juntos 4-H program at Washington State University. Deringer was a national USDA-NIFA CYFAR coach for five years and also the statewide evaluator for the University of Idaho’s CYFAR 4-H Afterschool program for four years. Previous to her role at WSU, Deringer was tenured academic faculty at the University of Idaho’s School of Family and Consumer Sciences for ten years, and prior to this, associate director for the Center on Disabilities and Human Development (CDHD) for ten years. The CDHD is a University Center on Excellence for Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Deringer’s focus is reaching and engaging underrepresented youth and families through innovative programming. She has acquired over $14 million in grants and contracts from foundation, state, and federal sources. Deringer’s research area of interest is examining family socialization and financial literacy among youth and young adults, especially those who are first generation or from underrepresented groups.

Luz Maria Gardillo.

Luz María Gordillo

Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusive Excellence

Luz María Gordillo is CAHNRS’ inaugural assistant dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence. She is an associate professor and the program leader in history at Washington State University Vancouver, and the campus director of Faculty Equity and Outreach. She received her undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College in Film and Photography, earned her master’s in media studies at the New School, and completed her doctoral degree in history at Michigan State University. She joined WSU Vancouver in 2005. She has served as program leader in the Departments of Women’s Studies (now WGSS), Critical Culture and Race Studies (CCGRS), and History.

Gordillo’s first book Engendering Transnational Ties: Mexican Women and the Other Side of Immigration, garnered the ALLA Book Award in 2011. In 2013, she codirected and coproduced the film entitled Antonia: A Chicana Story. In conjunction with the documentary, Gordillo worked on a series of interviews with Chicanx activists, scholars, artists, and art critics for the book Engendered History: The Collected Works of Antonia Castañeda. Her current book manuscript Patients, Philanthropists, and Fieldworkers: The Hidden History of Women and Eugenics examines gender, race, public health, and sexuality, as well as the tenure of the Eugenics Record Office (ERO), 1906–1939. Gordillo’s project brings science and the humanities together at an unexplored crossroad that has the potential to explore thought-provoking connections of a period that is complex, sensitive, and contentious.

Gordillo serves on the editorial board of Women, Gender, and Families of Color and she served as the chair for the Council of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at WSU Vancouver (2016–2020). Her continued contribution and dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) was cemented when she accepted the position of campus director for faculty equity and outreach at WSU Vancouver in 2020.

She has received several nominations and awards, including the Woman of Distinction Award, the American Association of University Women Research Award, the American Philosophical Society Library Resident Research Award, and several diversity and equity awards to promote inclusive excellence.