Office of the President


September 29, 2021

Saying farewell to a friend and visionary, Professor Emeritus Thad Spratlen

Ana Mari Cauce

Yesterday, we said goodbye to a friend. But we also celebrated his truly extraordinary life and legacy with a community of people who loved him.

June 16, 2020

An unprecedented year reminds us that higher education can lead meaningful, lasting change

Ana Mari Cauce

This weekend we celebrated a commencement like no other. It was the first of two ceremonies for the Class of 2020 — and I know we all look forward to celebrating next year in person — but our broadcast to thousands of graduates across the region and around the world was nonetheless steeped in an especially poignant blend of meaning and joy.

May 11, 2020

Remembering Dr. Gabriel Gallardo and his legacy of opportunity

Ana Mari Cauce

Our community mourns the passing of Dr. Gabriel Gallardo,’89, ’93, ’00, a leader and friend who helped shape a generation of young scholars.

April 2, 2019

In Memoriam: Dr. Benjamin D. Hall

Ana Mari Cauce

Today, we mourn the loss of Dr. Benjamin D. Hall, whose impact on the world and the University of Washington is both lasting and profound. Over a career that than spanned more than 60 years, Ben made groundbreaking discoveries that changed the course of medicine and saved millions of lives.

October 4, 2018

Professor of psychology Kristina Olson wins MacArthur “Genius Grant”

Ana Mari Cauce

Congratulations to Kristina Olson, an associate professor of psychology and the director of the UW’s Social Cognitive Development Lab, who is the latest UW recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship – aka a “genius grant.” Kristina’s groundbreaking, long-term studies of transgender and gender-nonconforming children are a fabulous example of how methodologically rigorous research matters by helping to inform policy and support mental health.

June 5, 2018

In memoriam: Hubert G. Locke, a champion for justice

Ana Mari Cauce

I am saddened, along with many colleagues throughout the University, by the passing, this Saturday, of Hubert G. Locke, professor and dean emeritus of public policy. For more than two decades, Hubert served the University of Washington – as assistant dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, as vice provost for academic affairs and…

March 29, 2018

Spring Address: The Purpose and Power of College in an Age of Skepticism

Ana Mari Cauce

Today, I had the pleasure of addressing our community about a topic of great importance — to me and to all of us who believe in the power of higher education to advance equity, prosperity, health and understanding. I discussed the enormous value that colleges and universities deliver to students and the world at large. And…

January 9, 2018

Welcoming Mark Richards as next UW Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Ana Mari Cauce

It is my great pleasure to announce that Dr. Mark Richards has accepted the position of provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, effective July 1. I am thrilled he will join our community and look forward to working closely with him to advance our teaching, research and service mission across all of our campuses.

April 17, 2017

Public investment in science serves Washington and the world

Ana Mari Cauce

Exploration and discovery are at the core of our mission. For many of us, they are the substance of our life’s work. This Saturday, I know many members of our University of Washington community will march in support of science and inquiry. I wanted to take this opportunity to reiterate the UW’s enduring and vocal support for scientific research.

February 17, 2017

Sharing our expertise for the public good

Ana Mari Cauce

We have not just an opportunity, but a responsibility to share the knowledge we develop with a wider world that is hungry for it. A full accounting of the knowledge and accumulated expertise at the UW would be impossible, but if we harness it together and as individuals, our collective power to inform truthfully and persuasively is formidable.

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