About the Council

The Council of Presidents (COP) is an association of Washington’s six public baccalaureate degree granting college and universities.  Located in Olympia, WA, COP strives to be a common voice for the public baccalaureate sector and the most respected and trusted resource for decision makers on issues affecting public higher education. COP serves as the coordinating role for a number of initiatives and activities common to the public baccalaureate institutions, fostering coordination and collaboration among the public baccalaureates as well as with other educational partners, both in Washington and nationally.


Each year on July 1 a different president assumes the role of COP chair. The chairs of all COP committees also rotate on the same schedule. Below are the current members of the Council of Presidents.

Council of Presidents Staff

COP News


WWU Trustees select Sabah Randhawa as Western's 14th President

Randhawa, now Oregon State University provost and executive vice president, succeeds Bruce Shepard, who is retiring June 30 after eight years as Western’s president. 

04/05/2016 | Western Today


WSU welcomes its 11th president: Kirk Schulz

On March 25, 2016, the Board of Regents named Kirk Schulz, president of Kansas State University, the next president of Washington State University.

03/25/2016 | WSU News


UW president breaking barriers

Seattle's most accomplished Cuban immigrant is arguably Ana Mari Cauce, the president of the University of Washington.

03/18/2016 | Kiro 7 News


Honoring Dr. Elson Floyd