UW President Richard L. McCormick announced today that he will recommend to the Board of Regents Friday, March 21, that Lee L. Huntsman be appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs, effective immediately. Huntsman has served in the position on an acting basis since Aug. 1, 1996. The provost is the University’s chief academic and budget officer.
“I am very pleased to be recommending to the Regents Professor Huntsman’s appointment as provost,” said McCormick. “He is a talented and creative scholar and administrator, and in the few short months he has served as acting provost, he has demonstrated a remarkable ability to grasp the complex set of issues and challenges before the University and to bring fresh perspectives and the same analytical skills that served him so well in his academic career. I expect the same distinction from him as provost that he brought to the field of bioengineering at the University.”
Huntsman, a professor in the Center for Bioengineering, came to the UW in 1968 as a research assistant professor. In 1980, he was named director of the Center for Bioengineering, a unit of both the College of Engineering and the School of Medicine. He held that position until his appointment as acting provost. Huntsman also served as associate dean for scientific affairs in the School of Medicine from 1993 to 1996.
Huntsman is a founding fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He also is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Heart Association Council on Basic Sciences, the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Biophysical Society, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Huntsman’s research has been on the mechanics of heart and heart muscle; cardiovascular system assessment; and new techniques for measuring cardiac function.
He serves on the board of directors of the Washington Technology Center and on the Whitaker Foundation Governing Committee. He also is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He has served on numerous internal UW committees, including the Research Advisory Board and the UW Medical Center Planning Committee.
Huntsman earned a bachelor of science degree from Stanford in 1963 and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. He is a native of Tacoma, Wash. Huntsman’s salary will be $180,000. <!—at end of each paragraph insert