Joshua Knudson recently joined UW Tacoma in the post of vice chancellor for advancement. Knudson comes most recently from the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico, where he served as vice president for development and alumni relations.
Already hard at work, Knudson is helping to set strategic directions, develop long-term plans and provide leadership for UWT’s advancement program, which includes development, public relations, communications, publications, alumni affairs and community relations. In this capacity he will endeavor to attract private support, enhance marketing communications with internal and external constituencies, and direct campus-wide volunteer efforts.
“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to work with the UW Tacoma team,” Knudson said. “Tacoma is an exciting, changing city, and clearly UW Tacoma has been an important part of the city’s revitalization. I’m thrilled to be part of a university so centered in its community.”
Previously, Knudson worked at Washington State University as senior director of development and alumni relations for the College of Liberal Arts. He has also served as director of development for the College of Liberal Arts at the Oregon State University Foundation in Corvallis, Ore.; director of annual programs for the College of Business at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.; and assistant development officer and program coordinator to the chief operating officer and campaign director for ASU’s capital campaign.
Other interesting background includes Knudson’s experience as manager of a marketing campaign for Salon Selectives hair products and as an actor. He is a former member of the Actors Equity Association and holds bachelor and master’s degrees in theater from ASU.