Office of the President

April 7, 2010

Meet UW scientists this weekend at Paws on Science


Some of the UW’s scientific breakthroughs, from discovering an underwater volcano to finding new ways to detect germs, will be in the spotlight at the Pacific Science Center this weekend. I invite everyone in the community and the UW family to attend. You’ll get to meet amazing scientists, plus there’ll be lots of hands-on activities….

March 26, 2010

Announcing the 2010 UW Awards of Excellence recipients


Dear Members of the University Community: I am proud to announce the 2010 Awards of Excellence recipients. For 40 years, the University has honored outstanding members of our UW community for their performance in teaching, mentoring, librarianship, public service and staff support. Congratulations to the following individuals who will be honored at a special ceremony…

Congrats to our men’s basketball team!


Congratulations to Coach Lorenzo Romar and the UW men’s basketball team for an exciting run in the NCAA tournament. While the loss to West Virginia in the round of 16 was bittersweet, our coaches and players should be very proud of their nine-game winning streak, Pac-10 Tournament championship and two NCAA tournament victories. I know…

March 15, 2010

Watching for signs of progress in Olympia


The Legislature begins its special session today, needing to finish its work on the 2010 supplemental budget, including spending cuts and taxes. As we have seen during the 60-day regular session, legislators have been wrestling with the unenviable task of plugging a large hole in the state budget. Finding the right balance between more budget…

Huskies are Pac-10 champs!


Congratulations to Coach Romar and the UW men’s basketball team for winning the Pac-10 tournament with a thrilling 79-75 victory over Cal on Saturday! Please join me in wishing the Huskies continued success when they take on Marquette in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday in San Jose. You can keep up…

March 5, 2010

President Emmert’s budget letter to lawmakers


In a letter to Gov. Chris Gregoire and members of the state Legislature, UW President Mark Emmert offered his thoughts on the 2010 supplemental operating and capital budget proposals. He also thanked the governor and lawmakers for making student financial aid a priority in both budgets. “Regarding the two chambers’ approaches to our budget reductions,”…

February 9, 2010

Tuition-setting bill heard by committee

University of Washington

The Senate Ways and Means Committee on Monday took testimony on Substitute Senate Bill 6562, which would give tuition-setting authority to the UW, WSU and Western Washington. The UW is trying to strike the right balance between access and affordability and quality for our students and for the state. Here are audio excerpts from the…

February 5, 2010

Raising awareness of Husky Promise


UW leaders and students are traveling the state this month to raise awareness of Husky Promise, and hundreds of enthusiastic high school students have met with us so far to find out what it’s all about. I have personally visited with students in Tacoma, Toppenish and Seattle. It’s gratifying to meet so many bright young…

January 26, 2010

Legislative update from Olympia


Dear Members of the University Community: With the 2010 legislative session now underway, I want to take this opportunity to follow up on my November e-mail message in which I communicated the University’s strategies in the wake of the latest state revenue shortfall. As we move forward, we are focusing our message in Olympia on…

January 22, 2010

Video: State Legislature takes up tuition

University of Washington

President Emmert testified before the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee on Jan. 20 in favor of granting tuition-setting authority to the state’s public universities. The funding model is broken: Is there a floor to state support, which is now less than tuition revenue in the university’s budget? Do institutions have a problem with…

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