About the Council

The Council of Presidents (COP) is a voluntary 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.


New Employment Listing

Associate Director for Academic Policy

Application process closes April 3, 2015


  • Helping to gain a better understanding,

    discuss challenges,

    and share best practices.

    Washington State Higher Education Conference on Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Event Details

    OCTOBER 2014




Council of Presidents Staff

In the News

George Bridges named new president of The Evergreen State College

The board of trustees of The Evergreen State College announced today its selection of George Bridges, Ph.D., as the college’s next president.

03/2015 | Evergreen News

Higher education's role in creating the skilled workforces for Washington and the country

WWU President Bruce Shepard speaks out on the importance of higher education to Inside Olympia and The Bellingham Herald.

03/2015 | Opinion