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.

  • 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

Evergreen, a state college too few know about

Founded during the turbulent ’60s, Evergreen has long championed an alternative approach to higher education. Now, as President Les Purce prepares to retire after 15 years, successor George Bridges hopes to make Evergreen a household name among the college-bound.

05/2015 | The Seattle Times


WSU Tri-Cities student chosen for national leadership institute

Graduating senior Roman Lara is among 32 students nationwide selected for a summer leadership institute in Stoney Brook, New York.

04/2015 | WSU News