President Olson delivers his inauguration speech in April 2013.

Speeches & Published Works

President Olson is an orator known for seamlessly interweaving references as varied as Shakespeare and the Greek philosophers, pop culture icons such as Americana musician Bruce Springsteen, and TV's True Detective -- juxtaposed among Biblical text and stanzas borrowed from Lutheran hymnals. 

In his annual Welcome Week speech, Dr. Olson uses rich metaphor to share his vision for the upcoming academic year, and takes the opportunity to remind WSU faculty and staff of their Warrior spirit and shared community-minded mission.