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March 21, 2007

UW Bothell to host first two finalists in chancellor search

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The search advisory committee for the position of chancellor of the University of Washington Bothell (UWB) has announced that the first two finalists for chancellor will be visiting campus in the next two weeks.

The candidates will meet with UWB faculty, staff and students; community college presidents; key UW leaders and members of the community.

The chancellor serves as UWB’s chief executive officer and is a member of the UW’s multi-campus leadership team.

The two finalists are:


  • Nabil Ibrahim, vice chancellor for academic affairs and chief academic officer at Purdue University, Calumet. Ibrahim holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from McMaster University, Canada. Previously, he was chief research officer at San Jose State University.
  • Kenyon S. Chan, dean of the college and vice president for academic affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Chan holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Previously he served as dean of Bellarmine College at Loyola Marymount University.

Ibrahim will visit March 27 and 28. Chan will visit March 30 and April 2.

The community is invited to public presentations, scheduled for 4:30 March 27 and 4:30 March 30 in room UWB2-005 on the UWB campus.

“Our finalist pool is strong, diverse and competitive,” says Mary Baroni, director of the UWB nursing program and search advisory committee co-chair. “The position will be key in fostering UWB’s academic and professional climate and meeting the challenges of growth in a multi-campus environment.”

Bruce Bare, dean of the College of Forest Resources at UW (Seattle) and search advisory committee co-chair, says, “The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurial and will inspire collaborative strategies to ensure the success of a rapidly evolving campus.”

Since its establishment in 1990 as an upper-division and master’s level campus, UWB has graduated 6,000 students in five programs: business, computing and software systems, education, interdisciplinary arts and sciences and nursing. Distinguished for its award-winning architecture and proximity to a wetlands restoration project, it is co-located with Cascadia Community College. UWB has 100 faculty and 200 staff members. In autumn 2006 it became a four-year institution, welcoming its first freshman class.

Steven G. Olswang has served as interim chancellor since June 2005 when UWB Chancellor Warren Buck resigned.