Former WWU president Olscamp dies at 77

Former Western Washington University President Paul J. Olscamp died Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the age of 77.

Olscamp was president of Western from 1975-82. Western became a university in 1977, and enrollment broke 10,000 students in his final year, according to the university’s website.

“President Olscamp not only laid a foundation of excellence that Western is fortunate to build upon today — including Western’s transition from state college to a fully fledged university —he continued to teach and contribute to his academic field throughout his presidential career,” said current WWU President Bruce Shepard in a statement. “Today and in the days to come, our thoughts and our gratitude for his tremendous service to Western are with his family.”

Olscamp left Western to become president of Bowling Green State University. He passed away in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.