Office of the Provost

Jerry Baldasty

Gerald J. “Jerry” Baldasty was named provost and executive vice president, effective June 1, 2016. He joined the faculty at the University of Washington in 1978 and is a professor of communication and an adjunct professor in two departments (Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and American Ethnic Studies).


Professor Mark Richards

Professor Mark Richards

Provost and executive vice president selected

UW President Ana Mari Cauce has named Dr. Mark Richards provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Richards’ appointment culminates a national search to succeed Gerald Baldasty, who is retiring on June 30.


The provost’s areas of responsibility

Latest posts

  • Redeploying existing funds to meet the needs of students, faculty, staff

    February 12, 2018

    The story is the same at nearly every public university in the United States – revenue is flat, and unlikely to grow any time soon. Here at the UW, we may see small increases in funding from tuition, the state legislature or granting agencies. But gone are the days in which the state provided 70…

  • Spring courses to be assigned definite time, classroom before registration

    January 23, 2018

    Each quarter, the University offers approximately 4,000 courses on the Seattle campus. With that many courses, a finite number of classrooms and growing enrollment, scheduling has become complex and difficult. In one recent academic quarter, nearly one-third of classroom assignments were made long after the requests were made – in some instances, just prior to…

  • Asking questions

    January 8, 2018

    “A key to understanding what makes teaching intellectually interesting for faculty is not to consider what the faculty bring to the classroom, but rather to consider what the students bring. In particular, the students bring their questions. We faculty cannot wait to hear your questions.” With that, Professor Sarah Keller, who teaches Chemistry and Physics,…

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