Office of the President

May 2, 2011

Join me for community conversations, starting May 4


Dear Members of the UW Community:

First, I want to congratulate UW President-designate Michael Young and welcome him to our community. His impressive background in academia and public service as well as his extensive leadership experience and commitment to collaboration make him a wonderful fit for our University, and I look forward to working with him to secure a strong future for the University of Washington.

As Regent Herb Simon indicated in his announcement to the University community, UW President-designate Young will take office on July 1. Between now and then, a great deal will happen, particularly in regard to our state budget. With our state legislative leaders currently in a special session to finalize a budget, I know there is much interest within our community regarding issues affecting the UW and public higher education as a whole. To help keep everyone up to date on the latest developments in the budget process as well as the presidential transition, I will be holding a series of community conversations, the first of which will be later this week. The format will be similar to a town hall meeting in that I will give a brief presentation followed by Q&A, but these meetings will be on a smaller, more informal scale. They also will be recorded for later viewing on the Web if you cannot attend.

I hope you will be able join me at one or more of the community conversations.


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Phyllis M. Wise
Interim President