March 17, 2014

Cherry trees on the Quad in bloom

The University of Washington Seattle campus has many spectacular views and settings, and my favorite of all is the Quad in early spring when the cherry trees are in bloom. Luckily for all Huskies, that happens to be right now! The first time I saw cherry blossoms, I was living in Japan, and I immediately… Read More


March 14, 2014

Tremendous pride in our student-athletes

Student-athletes are a tremendous source of pride for our institution. I think being a student and an athlete is truly incredible—I am impressed by their abilities to manage the intensive practice and game schedules in addition to their academic responsibilities and deadlines. The UW student-athletes have a strong record of success in graduation—especially in men’s… Read More


March 13, 2014

Impressive efficiency gains at the UW

It was a beautiful day on the UW Tacoma campus. At the UW Board of Regents meeting there today, I was excited to share some fantastic metrics about the University’s efficiency. Efficiency is one of the topics foremost on my mind every day in terms of providing quality education for the lowest cost to as… Read More


March 12, 2014

Helping UW students prepare for life after graduation

Amid the national debate on the value of a college education, the UW is working hard to improve the Husky Student Experience in ways that help our students prepare to succeed after graduation, in careers and in life, even as the world is changing rapidly around us. Our first report in a series about the… Read More


March 11, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor visits campus

Since its inception 225 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court’s role remains vital to our founding fathers’ vision of a tri-partite and balanced (as in ‘checked’) government—of the people, by the people and for the people. The justices who have been appointed and confirmed by the other two branches of government over the past two… Read More


March 7, 2014

A favorite perk of my job

One of the great pleasures and privileges of being president of the University of Washington is getting to meet remarkable students. Yesterday I was honored to pay tribute to three truly outstanding undergraduate students: sophomore Jeffrey Lee, junior Megan Kufeld and senior Connor Lynch. They were selected as our 2013–2014 Presidential Medalists, based on their… Read More


Civil rights pilgrimage

The Civil Rights Movement in the mid-20th century is an important chapter in our country’s history. The stories of courageous acts and sacrifices made to advance equality for all citizens are a mix of inspiration and oppression, agony and elation, and personify the struggles and victories during that time. Indeed, the stories I heard directly… Read More


February 28, 2014

Amazing things happening in the U-District

The University District Partnership is an organization that is poised to set this district apart.  Last week I had the good fortune to address this group as they celebrated all the work we have accomplished together over the past two years. The University District Partnership includes the UW, U District businesses, residents, non-profits, and faith… Read More


February 27, 2014

Campaign encourages stronger federal investments in research and higher education

The key difference-maker for societies, economies, and universities in the 21st-century, I am certain, is innovation. Can we think in creative, productive, uncommon ways about how to solve problems and to bridge the divides—international, cultural, economic—that separate us? At the University of Washington, we know that the ability to innovate is essential. With this in… Read More