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Phyllis Wise, UW provost and executive vice president since 2005, is leaving to become the chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Oct. 1, pending approval from the Illinois regents. She will also be a vice president of the University of Illinois system. Wise served as UW interim president after Mark Emmert, ’75, left in 2010 to become president of the NCAA. She resumed her role as provost after Michael K. Young was named UW president.

James W. Harrington Jr., ’80, ’83, a UW geography professor and recent chairman of the Faculty Senate, has been named vice chancellor for academic affairs at UW Tacoma. He has been a UW professor since 1997 and served as department chairman from 2000 to 2005.

Nate Miles, ’82, is the recipient of this year’s Edward E. Carlson Outstanding Alumni Award, presented to an individual who has significantly contributed to the well-being of the community. Miles is director of western-region government affairs for Eli Lilly. He also serves on the UW Foundation Board.

Michelle Witt is the new executive director of Meany Hall and artistic director of UW World Series. She held executive positions with Stanford University Lively Arts, UC Santa Cruz Arts & Lectures and the Performing Arts division of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. She replaces Matt Krashan, who retired after 30 years.

Sarah Reichard, ’81, ’89, ’94, professor of forest resources, is the new director of the UW Botanic Gardens, which includes the Center for Urban Horticulture, the Union Bay Natural Area and shared oversight of the Washington Park Arboretum.

Kelsey Knowles, ’05, a graduate student at the Evans School of Public Affairs, is the UW’s student regent for 2011-12. Knowles served as president of ASUW in 2004-05.

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