President Mark Emmert has appointed Kathryn Waddell as executive director of Health Sciences Administration, effective Aug. 1. Waddell will assume some responsibilities previously managed by John Coulter, who retires at the end of July and also currently serves as associate vice president for medical affairs. Coulter expressed hearty congratulations upon hearing the official announcement and lauded Waddell for her “intelligence, good humor and commitment to all of the multiple missions of our Health Sciences Center.”
“John Coulter is a tough act to follow, but we are extremely fortunate to have Kathryn Waddell to take on some of the duties he is leaving behind,” said Emmert. “Her deep experience and expertise and her strong dedication to the University of Washington make her an excellent choice to oversee Health Sciences. It’s a great fit for her and the University.”
In her new role, Waddell will report to the Office of the President and will be responsible for the administrative affairs of the Health Sciences Center, including capital planning, academic support services, Office of Animal Welfare oversight, risk management, and Health Sciences community relations.
Waddell will also handle Universitywide activities of Environmental Health and Safety, employee occupational health and student health.
In addition, she will oversee business, finance and personnel activities of the Health Sciences interdisciplinary programs, including the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, the Center on Human Development and Disability, the Institute on Aging and the Washington National Primate Research Center.
“I work with an outstanding team of professionals and look forward to furthering the mission of the UW through the Health Sciences,” said Waddell.
Waddell holds a clinical associate professor position in the School of Medicine and serves as director of Finance and Administration in Health Sciences Administration, a position she has held since 2000.
She began her career at UWMC in 1992 as manager of Occupational Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation.