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June 4, 2021

From the VP: When the pandemic separated us, KUOW and KEXP kept their communities connected, informed and entertained

Randy Hodgins

Fifteen months ago, the world dramatically changed when the first COVID-19 case in the U.S. was discovered right here in the state of Washington. Nearly every industry was disrupted as our nation struggled to contain the virus. In this unimaginable year of a public health crisis, upheaval in society and assaults on our democracy, I…


March 16, 2021

From the VP: Better days ahead for the U District

Randy Hodgins

A winter's day in the University District

Like every urban business and cultural center, Seattle’s U District neighborhood continues to face the ramifications and economic hardship of the COVID-19 pandemic. Without the bustle of students, faculty, staff and visitors for the past twelve months, some of the great progress the District made in the last few years around livability and public safety…


December 23, 2020

From the VP: 2021 Washington state legislative session preview

External Affairs

You may recall at the onset of the pandemic last spring, the Washington State Economic and Revenue Council estimated a shocking $9 billion state budget deficit. This forecast was particularly troubling to those of us in higher education. State appropriations to the University of Washington were cut in half during the Great Recession and the…


June 24, 2020

From the VP: Name, image and likeness and the NCAA — a debate far from settled

Randy Hodgins

Football player sitting on the sidelines

It might seem strange to be discussing student-athletes when the pervasive spread of COVID-19 abruptly shut down all college sporting events this spring and the potential for future contests continues to be uncertain. Players may not be on the field, but conversations around student-athlete compensation — particularly the ability to profit from the use of…


June 11, 2020

From the VP: City Council approves another twelve years of the U District Business Improvement Area

Randy Hodgins

On Monday, June 8, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a twelve-year renewal of the U District Business Improvement Area. The renewal was the result of a true collaboration between those who care about the area’s future and is a strong win for all who live, work and play in the University District. Established in…



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