Office of the President

August 29, 2011

Doug Wadden selected as Interim Provost

University of Washington

Dear Members of the University of Washington Community:

I am very pleased to announce that Executive Vice Provost Doug Wadden has agreed to serve as Interim Provost while we conduct our search for a replacement for Provost Phyllis Wise. This appointment will be effective October 1.

Doug is highly qualified to assume this position, with leadership experience across a wide range of responsibilities that involve tuition, enrollment, budget implementation, academic and institutional planning, and campus-wide accreditation. He was appointed Executive Vice Provost in April 2008 and has been responsible for coordinating efforts, both internal and external, regarding higher education and inter-institutional policies. Currently, he is a member of the ABB Steering Committee and is leading the Provost’s assessment of the Office of Global Affairs.

In addition to serving as Chair of the Faculty Senate for 2003–2004, he has chaired numerous campus committees and panels (Council on Academic Standards; Senate Committee on Planning and Budgeting; Tri-Campus Taskforce; Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Tuition, Access, Financial Aid, Enrollment and Admissions) and has been a member of the Advisory Council on Intercollegiate Athletics; the Faculty Council on Tri-Campus Policy and the Committee on the Organization of Colleges and Schools. Most recently, Doug chaired the Provost’s Search Advisory Committee on the Chancellorship of UW Tacoma.

A member of the faculty since 1970, Doug holds the Marsha and Jay Glazer Endowed University Professorship and is a former program chair in the School of Art. He is an internationally recognized design consultant with extensive background in museum, institutional and corporate communications. He completed his graduate studies at Yale University, and in 1998, he was elected a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale in Zurich, Switzerland.

I am very grateful to Doug for assuming this important role at this critical time. I look forward to working with him and an exceptionally strong group of vice provosts, vice presidents and deans over the coming months to ensure that we can continue to move this great university forward.

Please join me in welcoming Doug into this new position.


Michael K Young
Michael K. Young