UW News

March 25, 1999

Warren Buck selected as chancellor and dean of UW, Bothell

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University of Washington President Richard L. McCormick will recommend to the Board of Regents that Warren W. Buck be appointed chancellor and dean of the UW, Bothell. The regents are expected to act on this appointment at the board’s April 16 meeting.

Buck currently is professor of physics and director of the Nuclear/High Energy Physics Research Center of Excellence at Hampton University, Hampton, Va.

“The University is gaining a leader with an outstanding record of program building, scientific achievement, innovation and external relations,” McCormick said. “Warren Buck is known for his ideas, consensus-building style, can-do attitude, boundless energy and enthusiasm, and commitment to the highest level of scientific and educational excellence. These characteristics will serve him well as he works with faculty, students and staff to build the new campus at Bothell, develop academic programs, collaborate with Cascadia Community College, and strengthen relationships with the Bothell community.”

Buck received his Ph.D. in physics in 1976 from the College of William and Mary. He joined the Hampton faculty in 1984 as an associate professor and became a full professor in 1989. Buck has served on a variety of national and international physics and educational committees, including the Board of Directors of the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility’s Users Group, the American Institute of Physics’ Advisory Committee for Statistics and Education Division, and as chair of the American Physical Society’s Committee on Education.

Buck’s administrative and educational experience contributed to the creation of the Hampton University Ph.D. program in physics, the first Ph.D. program on the Hampton campus.

UW Bothell, which opened in 1990, currently serves a population of about 870 full time equivalent students. The campus offers both upper division and graduate courses in programs with both full and part-time study options with day, late afternoon and evening classes. In late May 1998, ground was broken for UW Bothell’s permanent location at the 127-acre Truly Farm site near the junction of State Route 522 and Interstate 405. The first phase of construction at the site, which will include facilities for Cascadia Community College as well as UWB, will be completed in time to accommodate students, faculty and staff in the fall of 2000.

Buck’s annual salary will be $155,000. The effective date of his appointment has not yet been determined.