Office of the President

April 6, 2015

Addressing affordable housing issues in our region

Office of the President

I am so pleased the University of Washington is partnering with the Seattle Times and Microsoft Corporation on the LiveWire series that addresses vital issues impacting our region and its residents. Earlier this week, we hosted more than 800 people on campus for a lively discussion about affordability and housing. We heard a variety of…

April 1, 2015

Statement concerning the minimum wage and students

Office of the President

Today, a group of students came to Gerberding to express their disappointment that students were not included in the UW’s decision to bring all employees to Seattle’s $11-per-hour minimum wage that went into effect today. While I understand their disappointment, I want to clarify why we didn’t include students unilaterally in today’s action. Student fees…

Statement on proposed Senate budget

Office of the President

While I am very pleased to see that the Senate budget not only provides most of the state funding needed to pay for its tuition reduction bill, and makes additional investments for the next biennium, there are some troubling aspects to the proposal. Rejection of our collective bargaining agreements means that thousands of our employees…

March 27, 2015

Statement on proposed House budget

Office of the President

I am pleased to see that the Washington state House budget begins the critical work of reinvesting in higher education for the benefit of our students and our state. The new funding for faculty and staff compensation, computer science enrollment expansion and medical residencies is critically important. The proposed budget in its entirety, however, may…

March 13, 2015

A historic day for the UW and Native Tribes of our region

Office of the President

As one of the world’s greatest public universities, the University of Washington is committed to cultivating our culture of diversity. The opening yesterday of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House (wash-LEB-alt) marked a historic day for both the University of Washington and the Native Tribes of our region. This building is the culmination of a decades-long dream…

March 3, 2015

Accelerating our momentum at the University of Washington

University of Washington

Dear UW family, Today I am honored to begin the interim presidency of the University of Washington — an institution that’s been the fabric of my professional and personal life for nearly three decades. I think of this time as a launch point: a time when we will hasten our pace and accelerate the great…

February 12, 2015

Provost Ana Mari Cauce named interim president

Office of the President

The University of Washington Board of Regents on Feb. 12 named Provost Ana Mari Cauce interim president. Board Chairman Bill Ayer called her “an extraordinary leader of our University – a person who is known throughout our community for her straightforward and accessible leadership, extraordinary intellect, plain-spoken common sense, honesty, sense of justice and deep…

February 5, 2015

Thank you for an extraordinary Husky experience

Michael K. Young

Dear campus community, As you are likely aware from this week’s news, I have made the bittersweet decision to accept the presidency of Texas A&M University. For nearly four remarkable years, I have been honored to work alongside you, the world-class faculty, students and staff who make the University of Washington one of the greatest…

February 4, 2015

President Young finalist for Texas A&M presidency

Office of the President

University of Washington President Michael K. Young on Tuesday was announced as the sole finalist for president of Texas A&M University. He is expected to assume his duties at Texas A&M in the spring. In a statement, Young said: “Deciding to be a candidate for the presidency of Texas A&M University was one of the…

January 26, 2015

Disruptive innovation at the UW

Michael K. Young

Entrepreneurial thinking is central to the University of Washington in the most profound and powerful way imaginable. It is also reflective of our state. I see a UW where all students have access to the basic skills and resources for taking a creative solution and pursuing its delivery into the world. It’s a vision of…

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