Office of the Provost

Vice Provost, UW TechTransfer

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to tell you that Linden Rhoads will become Vice Provost for UW Technology Transfer as of August 14, 2008. I would like to thank the advisory search committee, chaired by Dean Matt O’Donnell and Ron Howell, CEO of Washington Research Foundation, for leading a very successful search.

A veteran high tech executive in the Seattle high tech community, Ms. Rhoads co-founded or served as an active director and/or interim CEO of a number of successful Seattle-based start-ups, including ChiliSoft (acquired by Cobalt Networks/Sun), streaming media search services provider (acquired by Thomson Multimedia, then by AOL) on-line advertising metrics leader AdRelevance (acquired by Media Metrix, then Nielsen Netratings), personalized large-scale email campaign software provider GBI (acquired by Exchange Applications) and University of Washington CSE Tech Transfer company Nimble Technology.

A graduate of Smith College, Ms. Rhoads majored in Geophysics. While working full time, she attended the UW School of Law, where she focused on intellectual property and co-authored an article for the National Law Journal on issues concerning non-ROI, strategic investments by corporate partners.

The then new and ethically complicated practice of outside counsel requiring or accepting stock options in start-up company clients was the subject of her 3rd-year thesis.

Ms. Rhoads has been an active member of the UW community, serving on the board of the Washington Technology Center (Governor appointment), the Dean’s Advisory Board at the UW Law School, the Steering Committee for the UW Law School Capital Campaign, and the Campaign Committee for the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering.
Please join me in welcoming Linden Rhoads as our new Vice Provost for TechTransfer.


Phyllis M. Wise
Provost and Executive Vice President