Office of the President

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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