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My WSU Impact – Paul Casey, ASWSU leader to WSU Impact member

Paul Casey at right with President Glenn Terrell in a photo taken last autumn

WSU Impact shares the sixth entry in our series, “My WSU Impact”. We introduce Washington State University alumnus and WSU Impact member, Paul Casey, ’75. Paul has been engaged with WSU Impact since its inception and is a supporter of WSU through many different volunteer activities. We recently had coffee with Paul in a local bistro in his Seattle neighborhood. Given Paul was a former ASWSU student body president, we knew he had a passion for politics and public policy. To our delight, we also learned about his earliest days of advocacy while fondly reminiscing about the WSU campus and student activities during the sixties and seventies.

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Paul Casey, ’75 knows a thing or two about advocacy. As the WSU student body president in 1973-1975, he had a vision to continue student involvement in national and world problems that had dominated the Pullman campus and student engagement from the late sixties through the early seventies.

Paul’s proposed project was steeped in the ideals of the era. He wanted WSU to agree to a plan that had been proposed by social crusader, Ralph Nader. Nader had set up a program that would allow college students across the country to donate a nominal amount of money, as part of their regular college fees, to support research into social problems as identified by Nader’s Raiders.

At the time, WSU President Glenn Terrell (1967-1985) said no to Paul’s populist-like plan to further engage students in the challenges of the day. But President’s Terrell’s negation did not deter Paul. He gathered student signatures and presented a petition to the WSU Board of Regents. In the end, the proposed plan was not accepted, the idea died with the end of Paul’s ASWSU presidency, and Paul went on to graduate from WSU with a BA degree in Political Science.

Paul Casey at right with President Glenn Terrell in a photo taken last autumn

Paul Casey, at right, with former WSU President Glenn Terrell (1967-1985) in a photo taken last autumn.

However, not much has stopped Paul since his first foray into citizen advocacy. His nascent leadership ‘chops’ have evolved and matured through the years. Paul now uses his passion, intellect, entrepreneurial talents, belief in public universities such as WSU, and impressive communication and leadership skills to support the mission of WSU. And, with the full support and gratitude of the university.

“I am proud to volunteer my time supporting the WSU Alumni Association, the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, and serving on the WSU Foundation Board of Trustees,” says Paul, in his deep baritone voice. “The university has always meant so much to me and provided me with the skills to do a lot of different and exciting things in my life.”

When WSU Impact asked Paul why he took the time to help get WSU Impact up and running, he answered with a surprising intensity.

“When I saw that state funding for higher education was dropping precipitously starting in 2007, I felt it was time for a call to action to WSU alumni. I and many others believed we could come together, support the university, and engage in a conversation with our lawmakers about the importance of WSU and its research. New knowledge is being created every year at WSU. The vast majority – particularly in the areas of sustainability — including precision agriculture, alternative energy sources, and smart grid development, will help the world and its citizens for generations to come.”

Paul often offers guidance to WSU Impact to help the program provide the best resources and tools so it easy for volunteers to share their support of WSU with lawmakers. “I know the power of people when they come together in support of a good cause. What I like best about WSU Impact is that it allows each member to be as engaged as they want to be, but with the understanding that you are joining in with hundreds of other Cougs to support WSU. Topical, relevant information is provided on an almost daily basis; members have access to the latest news, updates on WSU’s land grant mission, and timely alerts when our voices are needed in Olympia.”

As the founder and owner of Casey Communications, Inc., Paul continues to help clients all over the country with creative design and media placement. As an active WSUAA member, and WSU volunteer and donor, he offers his experience and the fruits of his success in support of the university. As a former ASWSU president and student leader, he’s as committed today in support of Cougars working together as he was when he was a WSU undergrad, advocating to solve societal problems.

“I’m a tried and true believer in the adage that we all need to lend our time, treasure, and talent” says Paul, reflectively. “WSU Impact provides an easy way to lend your voice in support WSU. The time is now and luckily, every Coug has the talent to let your legislators know how much you value WSU.”

Update: within one hour of posting this “My WSU Impact” story, we learned of the passing of Dr. Glenn Terrell. We honor his legacy, commitment to students and the university, and his gentle, warm style. We are sharing a video that features both Paul and Dr. Terrell – it is a beautiful tribute to how Dr. Terrell maintained lifelong relationships with students:

 

 

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