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President’s message on upcoming Campus Master Plan kick-off meetings

UW Interim President Ana Mari Cauce sent the following message regarding the kick-off for the update of UW’s Seattle Campus Master Plan:

Dear UW Neighbors,

Our university’s ongoing success relies in large part on our partnerships with our city, our community and our neighbors. In this time of great change for Seattle, we are also looking at the future of the University of Washington, and I invite you to provide input in an important effort that will set the course of our campus over the next 20 years.

We are in the early stages of developing the next Campus Master Plan, and we view this process as a critical part of preparing the University for the future. The University’s current Seattle Campus Master Plan was drafted in the late 1990s and approved in 2003. To keep pace with a rapidly changing educational and funding environment, the University needs an updated plan that will allow us to respond to the challenges and opportunities ahead.

The current plan identified open space, transportation and circulation patterns, and potential building sites. It also projected the University’s future population growth and development needs so that both the University and our neighbors knew what to expect over the planning period. The next master plan will include up-to-date information on these factors — and potentially new ones — for the 2018 to 2038 time frame.

I invite you to join us at one or both of the upcoming open houses to learn more about the Seattle Campus Master Plan process, and to tell us what elements of the environment you want us to study.

Wednesday, October 14: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., University Temple, 1415 NE 43rd Street

Thursday, October 15: 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., Husky Union Building, 4001 E Stevens Way NE, Room 340

If you cannot attend one of the open houses, you can email your comments to, or call (206) 543-1271. We’ve posted more information about the master plan online, where you can also sign up for updates.

The University of Washington is fortunate to have the partners and neighbors that we do. Thank you for your commitment to our community. Our university looks forward to working with you as we plan for a bright future.


Ana Mari Cauce
Interim President
Professor of Psychology