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January 4, 2023

Fredrick Nafukho named UW Vice Provost for the Office of Academic Personnel

University of Washington Provost Mark Richards announced the appointment of Fredrick Muyia Nafukho as the new Vice Provost for the Office of Academic Personnel beginning Feb. 1, pending approval by the Board of Regents. Nafukho also will hold a tenured faculty position in the Department of Management and Organization in the Foster School of Business.

Nafukho replaces Cheryl Cameron, who is continuing her service in the School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral Health Sciences, where she holds the Virginia and Prentice Bloedel Endowed Professorship.


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Currently, Nafukho is the senior associate dean for faculty affairs and professor of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University, which he joined as an associate professor and program chair in 2007. He also is the co-director of the university’s Educational Leadership Research Center.

“We look forward to Fred’s leadership, collaborative approach and dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion and faculty success,” Richards said. Richards added that he and President Ana Mari Cauce were grateful to have Nafukho join the UW.

As senior associate dean at Texas A&M, Nafukho supports faculty from pre-recruitment to retirement, as well as fiscal management and operation of the School of Education and Human Development. He leads the School’s work on faculty searches, hiring, onboarding, tenure and promotion, and faculty development, wellness, salary equity adjustments, and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

“As a preeminent institution with an outstanding academic culture of excellence and a commitment to innovation, UW’s core values and mission inspire me to imagine a boundless future,” Nafukho said. “It is the conviction to create a better world together that excites me about this role. I am honored to partner and collaborate with the diverse, creative and talented faculty, professional staff and student body. I look forward to working collaboratively with the leadership team, faculty and Faculty Senate to lead a transformational plan to support UW’s academic personnel from pre-recruitment to retirement and beyond.”

At Texas A&M, Nafukho also teaches graduate courses in educational statistics and human resource development. His research has focused on preparing leaders from underserved schools and entrepreneurial training in STEM fields.

He holds a doctorate in Leadership and Human Resource Development from Louisiana State University, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya.