Dr. Jeanine E. Gangeness

Associate Vice President

WSU-Rochester Branch Campus

Jeanine E. Gangeness is the Associate Vice President, she serves as the Chief Executive Officer responsible for leading the WSU-Rochester branch campus and the Dean for the School of Graduate Studies. Gangeness has been honored to lead a strong team of professional staff, faculty and students throughout her career. Program development, facilities expansion, and office efficiencies have been made possible with effective collective bargaining engagement. Currently, Gangeness is actively collaborating to create sustainable programming to connect student services and programs and managing all aspects of budget development and allocation (Academic Affairs, IT, Student Life and Development, Finance, and Advancement). Gangeness engages the academic deans, community partners, and faculty through her visionary leadership, and Strengths © guided leadership to shape and inform relevant academic programming, student engagement activities, responsibility-based budgeting concepts and facilities management and development. She oversees all graduate programs and represents the university on local and statewide graduate meetings and committees.

Gangeness has successfully increased the profile of WSU in Rochester through intense community engagement and transitioned into regional impact boards. She coordinated a marketing, recruitment, and advising team to expand a shared advisor approach between the community college and university, maintain transfer enrollment and increase graduate programming and enrollment by over 20% (fall 2019). Further, Gangeness has researched and published on best practices in academic industry/practice partnerships and sister-institution partnerships. She has established and cultivated distance and on-ground programming with seven community and technical colleges.

Gangeness lead efforts to establish a downtown campus and the space renovation in an historic building. Her facilities experience includes renegotiation and establishment of leases to improve return on investments (ROI) for the organization, saving WSU over $600,000 in two years. She developed and lead efforts for the branch campus centennial celebration (2017) while increasing the campus community profile. Gangeness developed first major campaign for facility expansion in Rochester.