Our Voice: Public session with third WSU Tri-Cities candidate important opportunity

Washington State University Tri-Cities has invited the public to meet the candidates being considered for chancellor, a move that helps cement the connection between the Richland campus and broader community.

When Karla Hughes and Ronald Brown were in town, we encouraged the public to get to know the applicants. After all, the community feels a strong sense of ownership for that campus. The selection of the next chancellor should be of great interest to the Mid-Columbia.

The forums for the first two applicants were well attended, with more than 80 people, representing faculty, staff, students and the community.

A third -- and final -- hopeful will be in the Tri-Cities on Thursday. A warm welcome is in order for him as well.

H. Keith Moo-Young is the dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology at California State University-Los Angeles. He is a licensed professional engineer by training and has researched solid and hazardous waste management, environmental containment and remediation technologies.

Each of the candidates so far sound like a good match. And each one would bring different strengths to the community.

Moo-Young will make a formal presentation to the community at 12:10 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of the East Building and will field questions from the audience afterward.