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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…


January 23, 2020

From the VP- Rebuilding Trust in the Age of Misinformation

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…


January 13, 2020

From the VP- 2020 Legislative Session Preview

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….


October 24, 2019

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

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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