Office of External Affairs

OUR WORK

The Office of External Affairs is responsible for influencing public policy and opinion, communicating about the university priorities, challenges and achievements and strengthening the university’s reputation and public perception.

Units include the offices responsible for government and community relations at the federal, state, regional and Spokane/Eastern Washington levels, television production and radio and an executive and administrative staff.


  • From the VP- Rebuilding Trust in the Age of Misinformation

    January 23, 2020

    Randy Hodgins

    Recently, I attended a Higher Education Leadership Roundtable hosted by the UW Alumni Association. The roundtable discussion focused on the importance of strengthening public trust in universities which has been on a significant and concerning decline in recent years. A 2019 Gallup poll found that just 51% of U.S. adults believe a college education is…

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  • From the VP- 2020 Legislative Session Preview

    January 13, 2020

    Randy Hodgins

    Following a historic financial investment in higher education by the Washington state Legislature last year, I am excited for the 2020 legislative session which kicks off today in Olympia. Last year, our state drew national attention with the passage of the Workforce Education Investment Act which among other things fully funded the Washington College Grant.…

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  • Released Today: 2019 Economic Impact Report

    November 19, 2019

    External Affairs

    The results of an independent economic impact study conducted over FY 2018 were released today. While it is impossible to quantify all the ways the University of Washington makes an impact, this report sheds light on the University's economic contributions to the state economy. As a public university, the UW depends on support from the taxpayers of our…

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  • From the VP- We are the University FOR Washington (and Alaska too!)

    October 24, 2019

    Randy Hodgins

    Now that I have recovered slightly from our football team’s heartbreaking loss to the Ducks last weekend, I have had a chance to reflect on my recent trip to Anchorage. You might be surprised that the UW is sending staff to the 49th state, but our relationship with Alaska dates back more than a century.…

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  • From the VP- What do Governor Jay Inslee, Seattle Metro Chamber CEO Marilyn Strickland and Microsoft’s Brad Smith have in Common? A Liberal Arts Degree!

    September 27, 2019

    Randy Hodgins

    Steve Jobs once said, “Technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our hearts sing.” The Apple Macintosh and iPhone sold millions not just because they had impressive processing power. They also looked and felt cool thanks to their sleek…

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