Recognizing Two Decades of Service: James Downes Retires from Institutional Research

After two decades of service in Institutional Research, James Downes will be retiring from Washington State University on May 1.

As an Administrative Planning Specialist, he has been an integral part of the team since 2003 when he joined Washington State University. However, his connection with WSU goes way back to 1961 when he first enrolled in kindergarten, following his father’s footsteps, who had a faculty role here.

With over 25 years of experience in Institutional Research, James’ journey began in 1999 at a small community college in Oregon. Prior to that, he taught several college-level courses, spanning international relations, political science, economics, and geography. During his time at WSU, his work has focused on financial reporting, research performance, and financial aid statistics, which have been instrumental in shaping the office’s operations.

When asked her thoughts about James, Vice President of the OSPA office Christine Hoyt said:

James is a longtime employee and is dedicated to his craft. I have had the pleasure working directly with him and appreciate his positive attitude, expertise, and experience. I extend my heartfelt wishes for his success and happiness as he embarks on a new phase in his life.

Chris Hoyt

As James embarks on a new chapter in his life, he leaves behind a rich legacy and a wealth of experience that has contributed significantly to the success of the Institutional Research team. After retirement, James plans to move back home to his parents’ home in Minnesota and wants to take up senior fencing as a hobby.