April 15, 2014

An exciting moment for the UW and Waseda University

It is an especially exciting day for Huskies! Today I signed a memorandum of agreement to formalize a brand new partnership with Waseda University, Japan’s most prestigious private institution. Together, we’ll build Waseda’s new Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology. This is a truly international partnership. It builds upon the UW’s existing innovations in technology… Read More


April 14, 2014

Innovation and entrepreneurism, at home and abroad

Anyone who knows me knows I am passionate about innovation and its implementation. One of our key responsibilities as a public research institution is to address our great global challenges. Professor and chair of the UW’s Department of Electrical Engineering and director of the Applied Computational Engineering Laboratory, Vikram Jandhyala, one of the UW’s brightest… Read More


April 11, 2014

Notes from the AUTM Asia Conference

Thank you to the 750+ participants attending my keynote address, Economic Impact of Universities and Research Institutes, at the Association of University Technology Managers – Asia conference in Taipei yesterday. It was an honor to be with you and among so many who share my enthusiasm for innovation. The UW has been developing our own… Read More


Celebrating the UW with the Taiwan Huskies

Despite being an ocean away from Seattle, it is simply wonderful to see such strong Husky pride in this extraordinary country. Tonight I met with more than 100 alumni and friends who are part of a long tradition of Huskies living and working in Taiwan. I was honored that Kung-Yee Liang, ’82, president of National… Read More


April 9, 2014

UW ranks among top for return on college investment

The University of Washington ranks fifth among all public and private universities in the country in a survey that estimates the financial return on degrees. “While financial return on investment isn’t the only value in a college degree, being fifth in the nation among all public and private universities certainly validates the power of a… Read More


April 7, 2014

Looking forward to this week’s trip to Asia

Call it an itinerary of opportunity. This week, I’ll travel to Taiwan to attend the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Asia Conference in Taipei to give the AUTM Conference keynote address on innovation and entrepreneurism in higher education based on the UW’s great success in commercialization. In 2013, the UW had a banner year,… Read More


April 1, 2014

Finding fulfillment in fundraising

For university presidents, a significant measure of our success is the amount of money raised for the university. Thus, I am very fortunate for the many enthusiastic and generous supporters of the UW, whose passion for and commitment to their beloved institution often translates into a pledge of financial support. For some in academia, the… Read More


March 28, 2014

The tragedy in Oso hits home for Huskies

Every day the news from the mudslide zone in Oso gets worse as rescue workers dig through the muck and debris to find those still missing in the tragedy. The loss this community is facing is unfathomable. And with more than 300 UW faculty, staff, students and alumni in the area, the loss to the… Read More


March 26, 2014

Record Washington in-state admissions

Though most high-school seniors these days are glued to their smartphones, this is the time of year when they pay a lot more attention to the mailbox, waiting anxiously for letters of acceptance from colleges. The UW’s letters began arriving Saturday, March 15, and it’s been heartwarming to see the enthusiastic response from future Huskies,… Read More


March 21, 2014

Thoughts on the Legislative session

Going into the legislative session, one of our primary goals was to protect the state funding increase the Legislature provided last session for the 2013–15 biennium. Our funding was largely protected, with some small but important additional investments in key areas, a $1 million permanent allocation to fund core laboratory expenses in our Institute for… Read More