Office of the President

May 6, 2011

Webcast: UW Conversations with Interim President Wise, May 4

University of Washington

Phyllis Wise updates the community on issues affecting the UW and public higher education as a whole. Watch and learn the latest developments in the budget process, as well as the presidential transition.

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…

April 25, 2011

President-designate: Michael K. Young

Gina Hills

  The University of Washington Board of Regents today authorized board Chairman Herb Simon to offer the presidency of the UW to Michael K. Young, president of the University of Utah, and to negotiate an employment agreement with him. The agreement is subject to approval by the board. News release on Young’s selection Presidential transition…

April 18, 2011

Budget update from the president


Dear Members of the UW Community: This message is longer than usual and is filled with information about our ongoing budget discussions with legislators; with faculty, students and staff; and with external stakeholders. We clearly face enormous challenges. The most immediate impact will be felt by the time we decide on the UW FY12 budget,…

April 6, 2011

Statement from UW Interim President Phyllis Wise on House budget


It is discouraging to see half of the state’s appropriation for the UW disappear in the space of two biennia. On the one hand, we are grateful that the House budget writers recognize the links among tuition, state funds, and financial aid. When the state does not have the funds to support higher education, raising…

March 18, 2011

Responding to the disasters in Japan


Dear Members of the UW Community: The widespread devastation wrought by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan has deeply touched and saddened our UW community. Our hearts go out to the people of Japan as they grapple with the aftermath of these tragic events. Fortunately, all UW students and faculty who were in Japan…

March 9, 2011

Town Hall video archive

Office of the President

UWTV broadcast Tuesday’s Town Hall with President Phyllis Wise and an archive is available here >

March 1, 2011

Town Hall meeting about the UW budget, March 8


Dear Members of the UW Community: There has been a good deal of media coverage recently about the possible impacts of significant state budget cuts at the UW. These stories are in response to a request we received from some of our state legislative leaders who wanted to know what state budget reductions would look…

Olympian newspaper calls for giving higher ed tuition authority to offset budget cuts

Office of the President

The Olympian newspaper, in an editorial, calls for giving the state’s universities the flexibility to make up budget shortfalls with higher tuition. The editorial points out that current proposals, if enacted, could mean that state funding of the UW has been cut by half in just three years.

February 25, 2011

UW describes potential effects of large budget cuts

Office of the President

In response to a request from legislative leaders, Interim President Phyllis Wise outlined the effect of budget cuts that were at the level of the governor’s proposed cuts (about $189 million) plus 15 or 30 percent. Those effects could include: Up to 500 fewer Washington residents in the freshman class Loss of up to 1,800…

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