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July 9, 2018

From the VP – Celebrating the 2018 Special Olympics U.S.A. Games

Randy Hodgins

Today is the final day of competition for the 2018 U.S.A. Special Olympic games here in the greater Seattle area and at the University of Washington.  It’s hard to believe that the planning and coordination to host these games that began on campus more than two years ago has finally concluded with an incredibly successful…


June 12, 2018

From the VP: Higher Education Issues Heating Up in D.C.

Randy Hodgins

I’m off to Washington DC later this week to meet with staff to our congressional delegation about two critical issues facing the UW and other higher education institutions in the United States. First, the House version of the Higher Education Reauthorization Act known as “PROSPER” is slowly working its way to the floor of the…


May 29, 2018

From the VP – More reflections on Singapore

Randy Hodgins

I’m back on campus from a week-long visit to Singapore with the Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce and I can safely say that 65 degrees and low humidity never felt so refreshing.  After my long plane ride home and a few days to recover from jet lag, I’m starting to try and formulate some major…


May 23, 2018

From the VP: First impressions from Singapore

Randy Hodgins

I’m currently visiting the nation of Singapore as part of a delegation from the Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce.  This is my first visit to this tiny island nation and it’s been a truly eye-opening experience on a number of fronts. Born as a nation in 1965 after more than a century of British colonial…


May 10, 2018

From the VP: Seattle is in for a LOT of Disruption in the Next Few Years

Randy Hodgins

Fascinating monthly meeting of the Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce this week where we had presentations on several major construction projects that are both underway and being planned for the city and the region in the next 5 years or so.  Most of these initiatives are sorely needed as Seattle and Puget Sound continue to…



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