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February 5, 2015

Thank you for an extraordinary Husky experience

Michael K. Young

Dear campus community, As you are likely aware from this week’s news, I have made the bittersweet decision to accept the presidency of Texas A&M University. For nearly four remarkable years, I have been honored to work alongside you, the world-class faculty, students and staff who make the University of Washington one of the greatest…

February 4, 2015

President Young finalist for Texas A&M presidency

Office of the President

University of Washington President Michael K. Young on Tuesday was announced as the sole finalist for president of Texas A&M University. He is expected to assume his duties at Texas A&M in the spring. In a statement, Young said: “Deciding to be a candidate for the presidency of Texas A&M University was one of the…

January 26, 2015

Disruptive innovation at the UW

Michael K. Young

Entrepreneurial thinking is central to the University of Washington in the most profound and powerful way imaginable. It is also reflective of our state. I see a UW where all students have access to the basic skills and resources for taking a creative solution and pursuing its delivery into the world. It’s a vision of…

January 22, 2015

Open Mike: A Conversation with President Young

University of Washington

Dear students, faculty and staff, Please join us for a series of events to continue the conversation President Michael K. Young started in his Annual President’s Address. From enhancing the Husky student experience, to better serving our community, deepening our research impact or expanding UW innovation, our best ideas start with you. There are three…

January 16, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the UW

Michael K. Young

On Monday we honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of reflection and service. It is right to do so — always, and especially now. Challenging cultural currents envelop the United States and countries abroad: racial and ethnic tensions, questions of bias and justice, heart-rending violence, and patterns of equality…

December 19, 2014

More students participating in foreign exchange programs a top priority

Michael K. Young

Visiting Tokyo this week, I had the distinct honor and privilege of meeting the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, the Honorable Caroline Kennedy. We had a substantive discussion about President Obama’s commitment to doubling the number of students participating in foreign exchange programs, which the Ambassador also expressed as a top priority. The University of Washington has…

November 22, 2014

CNN Films explores the Ivory Tower

Michael K. Young

We are in the midst of an important national conversation about the value of a university education. CNN Films has explored the costs and benefits of a college degree in a provocative documentary called “Ivory Tower.” The film takes a broad look at issues many universities are facing, including poor graduation rates, the growing student…

November 11, 2014

Celebrating Veterans Day with Richard Layton, the UW’s 2014 Distinguished Alumni Veteran

Michael K. Young

Each year, the University of Washington presents one graduate with the Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award, commending graduates who have made a positive impact through community service and civic engagement. This year’s recipient has dedicated his life to service — first through the military and later as a physician for the underserved and an educator in…

November 3, 2014

Saluting our servicemen and servicewomen

Michael K. Young

At the University of Washington, we strive to remember our veterans not just during Veterans Appreciation Week, but year-round. Across our campuses, monuments honoring those who have served greet us: the Medal of Honor Memorial; the 58 sycamore trees lining Memorial Way, reminding us of the UW students and faculty who lost their lives during…

October 31, 2014

Cost-benefit report on medical school expansion in Spokane

Michael K. Young

UW Regent Orin Smith and I were in Spokane today sharing the findings of a comprehensive, independent analysis of the costs and benefits of medical school expansion efforts in Spokane and Eastern Washington. The report, conducted by Tripp Umbach, comes on the heels of a 2010 study — commissioned by Greater Spokane Incorporated — which found…

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