Steven G. Olswang, UW vice provost and vice provost for international education, professor of education and adjunct professor of law, has been appointed interim chancellor of the UW Tacoma, effective April 16, UW President Lee Huntsman announced. His appointment was approved by the Board of Regents last week.
UWT Chancellor Vicky Carwein has accepted a position as president of Westfield State College in Westfield, Mass.
“Dr. Olswang has an immense amount of experience as a senior administrator at the University and has been involved with the Tacoma campus from its inception,” said Huntsman. “We are very fortunate to be able to call upon his substantial academic leadership and administrative skills during this time while we search for new leadership of the UW Tacoma. We’re very pleased he has agreed to do step in and take over the reins.”
Olswang, 56, has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Northwestern University, a J.D. from the University of Illinois, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the UW.
He came to the UW in 1974 as a graduate student and soon became an administrative intern in the Office of the President. He became assistant to the provost in 1976 and assistant provost for academic affairs in 1979, a position he held until 1985.
Olswang teaches several courses in the area of education leadership, including: Higher Education and the Law, School Law, Collective Bargaining and Faculty Governance in Higher Education, and Resource Allocation in Higher Education.
He has served on the Northwest Accreditation Association previously as commissioner of the Colleges Commission and currently as a commissioner on the Schools Commission. Olswang is a Fellow of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.
His salary will be $173,880.
UW Tacoma opened in 1990 with 176 students and has more than 2,000 students today, primarily serving the South Puget Sound region. Over the past five years the number of students has grown an average of 16 percent a year.