Professional portrait of Elizabeth Chilton

Elizabeth Chilton

Provost and Executive Vice President, Washington State University

Elizabeth has been serving in her current role at Washington State University since July 2020. A first-generation college student, she earned her MA and Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst after earning her BA at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

From 2017 to 2020, Elizabeth served as dean of the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University, one of the largest universities in the SUNY system. Before her tenure at Binghamton, she spent nearly 16 years as a professor and leader at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Elizabeth served as a professor, anthropology department chair, and associate vice chancellor for research and engagement, among other roles. She worked toward making the institutions she’s served more accessible, diverse, and inclusive.

Elizabeth is committed to leadership development in the institutions she serves, as well as in academia more broadly; she often serves as a faculty fellow for the Higher Education Leadership Programs for Women (HERS), which aims to create and sustain a diverse network of bold women leaders.