State Relations

June 27, 2008

More Higher Ed Humor From The Onion

Got some nice feedback from the link I posted a few weeks ago to a news parody in The Onion on education. Here’s another satirical story about a new innovation that’s sure to revolutionize graduate education in the U.S. Have a great weekend!

Initiative Signature Deadline Next Week

With a presidential and gubernatorial election coming this November, it’s pretty easy to lose track of how statewide initiative gathering is coming this summer.  But believe it or not, next Thursday July 3, is the deadline for turning in signatures for measures that proponents want to appear on the November 2008 ballot. So far, the…

June 23, 2008

Possible New Site for UW North Sound?

This story yesterday in the Everett Herald finally brings to light something that has been talked about off-the-record since the battle over the location of a possible new UW North Sound branch fizzled in a stalemate at the end of the 2008 legislative session. The Legion Memorial Golf Course in Everett is being discussed by lawmakers as a…

June 20, 2008

State Legislators Visiting UW Campus

This is a really great time of year if you’re someone like me who lives their professional life by the rhythms of the state legislature.  It’s mid-June, the weather is warm and the 2008 session seems like a distant memory.  Better still, most elected officials are preoccupied with their respective campaigns and the 2009 session…

June 19, 2008

State Revenue Projection Declines Slightly

The June revenue forecast for Washington state was adopted in Olympia today and shows a projected decline of $167 million for the remainder of the current biennium and the upcoming biennium which begins July 1, 2009.  The change in the forecast is statistically less than one-half percent of total general fund tax collections. Dr. Steve…

June 18, 2008

UW Names New Tech Transfer Leader

Here’s an announcement from the UW Provost’s office that will certainly be of interest to the business and economic development community in the Puget Sound and Washington State. Linden Rhoads, a veteran executive in the Seattle high tech community will become Vice Provost for UW Technology Transfer, effective August 14.  Ms. Rhoads co-founded or served…

June 13, 2008

Higher Education News Roundup

Here are a number of stories and issues that have caught my eye this week that should be of some interest to the UW. Massachusetts Upping the Life Sciences Ante Governor Deval Patrick has made regaining Massachusetts life sciences research prominence the cornerstone of his economic development agenda.  It appears at least one chamber of the General…

June 10, 2008

Performance Agreement Process to Kick-Off

Tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. in Olympia, the initial organizing meeting of the State Performance Agreement Committee will be held in Senate Hearing Room 3 of the John A. Cherberg Building.  The Committee was created by Engrossed House Bill 2641 (Jarrett) which was created to represent the state’s interests in developing and negotiating performance agreements…

June 4, 2008

News from California (on a really slow week)

Lots and lots of national political news to read and digest, but not much political or higher education news to report in Washington State.  Candidate filings began this week, but no real surprises in any of the major contested races. I’m proud to announce that Steve Juarez, one of my oldest friends and a former…

May 29, 2008

All “Now” Quiet on the Western Front

I’ve had Western Washington University on my mind a lot this past week. Spent the past weekend attending my son’s performance of Macbeth in the Miller Hall courtyard on the Western campus.  I guess you could call it a “post-apocalyptic” interpretation of the bard’s most violent play.  “Mad Max Beyond Inverness” would be a good alternative title.  Anyway, it was…

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