UW News

August 21, 2023

Statement from UW President Ana Mari Cauce on the departure of Jen Cohen, Director of Athletics

UW News

The following is a statement from University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce regarding Director of Athletics Jennifer Cohen’s departure:

We’re grateful to Jennifer Cohen for her 25 years of outstanding service to the University of Washington, including the last seven years as the Director of Athletics. We wish her success in her next endeavor, and we thank her for all that she has done to make Husky Athletics a thriving program for our student-athletes and our global community of alumni, fans and supporters. Under her leadership, the Huskies achieved tremendous success on the field of competition, and her commitment to excellence helped enable our student-athletes to develop and succeed in the classroom, as competitors and as people. We appreciate the solid footing on which she leaves the program, and her extraordinary leadership through the challenges posed by the COVID pandemic. I am pleased that Erin O’Connell, Deputy Athletics Director, will serve as interim AD. The UW will be launching a national search for our next Director of Athletics and we look forward to this next phase in our storied athletics program.

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