Milestones: Updates, Appointments and Honors Print

The transformation of UW undergraduate education took another step forward June 23 as Provost Phyllis Wise announced two appointments: Eric Godfrey as vice provost for student life and Ed Taylor, ’94, as vice provost and dean of undergraduate academic affairs. Both have deep UW connections. Godfrey came to the University in 1981 as director of financial aid. Two years later he became an assistant vice president in student affairs and remained in that position until five years ago, when he moved to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Born in Seattle, he earned a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in counseling and student life at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. Taylor, a professor in the UW College of Education, is a native of California. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and his master’s in psychology from Gonzaga University, then came to the UW, where he earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in 1994. He did his post-doctoral work with Fred Campbell, former sociology professor and the UW’s first dean of undergraduate education.


The building at 815 Mercer St. has been named the Brotman Building in honor of UW Regent Jeff Brotman, ’64, ’67, and his wife, Susan Brotman. The name, approved by the Board of Regents in May, recognizes the Brotmans’ philanthropic support to advance the South Lake Union biomedical research complex. The Mercer building is phase I of the UW’s biomedical research expansion plan. The building, former home of a natural gas company, was renovated last year and now houses labs for cardiovascular biology, women’s health and allergies/inflammation research.

UW student-athlete Ryan Brown won the 800 meters and Amy Lia won the 1,500 meters June 10 at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, highlighting the best day in Washington’s 85-year history at the NCAA meet. In addition, seven Huskies earned All-America honors—a record for a UW team at the NCAA Championships. Brown’s winning time in the 800-meter race was 1:46.29—the fastest collegiate time since 2005. Lia’s time of 4:14.63 in the 1,500-meter race was a half-second ahead of the second-place runner.

The University Book Store’s new Mill Creek Town Center Store was selected by the International Booksellers Federation as one of the 50 most unique bookshops in the world. Of the 734 considered, the store was one of only nine U.S. stores selected by an international committee of book professionals. It was the only college store selected. The 50 stores will be featured in a special two-year calendar (2007 and 2008), which will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October, in recognition of the federation’s 50th anniversary.

The University of Washington Alumni Association won a Silver Medal in the 2006 CASE Circle of Excellence national competition for Electronic Media: PSAs and Commercial Spots. CASE is a professional organization that advances alumni relations, communications and fund-raising in higher education. The award recognizes four spots created by UWAA Marketing Intern Faraz Zarghami and UW student David Nussbaum. View the award-winning videos.

The U.S. Department of Education awarded the University of Washington eight grants July 20 worth almost $15 million that recognize eight foreign-study areas at the Jackson School of International Studies as among the best in the nation. Only the University of Wisconsin received as many grants, meaning the two schools share No. 1 ranking, followed by Cal-Berkeley, which received seven. The grants designate eight study areas at the Jackson School as National Resource Centers, conferring top-tier status on them. The government also awarded Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship programs for the same study areas. They are: Canada; East Asia; International; Middle East; Russia/East Europe; South Asia; Southeast Asia and Western Europe/Europe. The Canada grant was awarded jointly to the UW and Western Washington University.