UW News

May 14, 2015

UW Regents appoint Presidential Search Advisory Committee, authorize Chair to contract with national search firm

UW News

The University of Washington Board of Regents took another critical step in selecting its next president Thursday by naming the members of its Presidential Search Advisory Committee and selecting a national search firm to assist in the process.

Kenyon Chan, chancellor emeritus and professor at UW Bothell, will chair the committee comprising 27 additional members, including Regents, faculty, staff, students and members of the public. The Regents have also held open forums, one each in Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell, with one remaining on the Seattle campus on May 26.

“Key to selecting an outstanding next president for the University of Washington is securing the thoughts and input of a wide range of individuals inside and outside the university community,” said Bill Ayer, chair of the Board of Regents. “These individuals represent the UW community and a broad range of stakeholders, and I want to thank them for their willingness to serve in this important effort.”

A complete list of search committee members can be found below.

In addition to naming the search committee, after soliciting and receiving a number of proposals from national search firms, UW Regents authorized Ayer to enter into contract negotiations with a national presidential search firm.

Updates will continue to be posted to the Presidential Search page.


Members of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee are:

Creigh Agnew, President, Slade Gorton International Policy Center

Robert Anderson, Professor of Law and Director of the Native American Law Center, UW

Norm Beauchamp, Faculty Senate Chair-Elect; Professor and Chairman, Radiology, UW

Kristianne Blake, Regent; Corporate Director

Alex Bolton, President-Elect, Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS)

Mike Bragg, Dean, College of Engineering, UW

Mari Clack, Former UW Regent

John Connors, Managing Partner, Ignition Partners LLC

Lisa Graumlich, Dean, College of the Environment, UW

Jodi Green, Chair, UW Foundation Board

Juan Guerra, Associate Professor, English; Chair-Elect American Ethnic Studies, UW

Joanne Harrell, Regent; Senior Director for U.S. Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft

Joaquin Herranz, Associate Professor, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, UW

Ron Howell, President and CEO, Washington Research Foundation

Jeremy Jaech, Regent; Chief Executive Officer, SNUPI Technologies

Ruth Mahan, Chief Business Officer, UW Medicine, and Vice President for Medical Affairs, UW

Divya McMillin, Professor, Global Media Studies, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences; Director Institute of Global Engagement, UW Tacoma

Selina Mohammed, Associate Professor, School of Nursing & Health Studies, UW Bothell

Rogelio Riojas, Regent; Chief Executive Officer and President, Sea Mar Community Health Centers

Denzil Suite, Vice President for Student Life, UW

Clyde Walker, Vice President, UW Alumni Association Board of Trustees

Stephen Weber, Access Services Supervisor, Odegaard Undergraduate Library, UW

Wolf Yeigh, Chancellor, UW Bothell


There will also be four additional student members to be finalized once ASUW election results are confirmed:

ASUW President-Elect or designate

ASUW-Bothell President-Elect or designate

ASUW-Tacoma President-Elect or designate

At-large member, nominated by ASUW President-Elect and GPSS President-Elect Alex Bolton

[Note: This post has been updated to clarify the Board’s action to authorize contract negotiations with a national presidential search firm]