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Message from the Chair

Bill Ruckelshaus
Bill Ruckelshaus
Photo by Denny Fleenor, WSU

Collaborative problem solving is at the core of the Center’s mission and is an enormously powerful approach to resolving conflicts. This approach holds great promise for better, faster, and more sustainable policy decisions for Washington State. With the combined resources of our premier research institutions at Washington State University and the University of Washington, this center establishes an invaluable neutral forum for addressing some of our state’s most complex and pressing challenges.

The Center has accomplished much and has laid the foundation for problem solving in a wide variety of policy and community venues. It can also boast the support of a prominent and representative advisory board, offices at both universities, and a track record of successful engagement in useful projects and activities.

Support from the universities and input from community leaders has been crucial to the Center’s accomplishments. The successful activities described on this website establish the Center’s capacity, experience, and knowledge to create greater public benefit for the future of our region.

Sincerely,

William D. Ruckelshaus's signature 'Bill'

William D. Ruckelshaus
Chair, William D. Ruckelshaus Center Advisory Board

Watch the portion of the Ruckelshaus Oral History that discusses the Ruckelshaus Center.