Office of the Provost

Jerry Baldasty

Gerald J. “Jerry” Baldasty was named provost and executive vice president, effective June 1, 2016. He joined the faculty at the University of Washington in 1978 and is a professor of communication and an adjunct professor in two departments (Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and American Ethnic Studies).


Professor Mark Richards

Professor Mark Richards

Provost and executive vice president selected

UW President Ana Mari Cauce has named Dr. Mark Richards provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Richards’ appointment culminates a national search to succeed Gerald Baldasty, who is retiring on June 30.


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Latest posts

  • The Husky Experience as a Global Experience

    May 10, 2018

    At the University of Washington, it has long been our priority to support our students with international backgrounds, and to offer all students opportunities to gain global perspectives. Now, as our graduates join an increasingly global workforce, it’s more important than ever that we seek new ways to create inclusive international communities on campus, and…

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  • Fake news and misinformation: Why teaching critical thinking is crucial for democracy

    April 23, 2018

    Democracies live and die by the ability of their people to access information and engage in robust discussions based upon facts. These days, however, our democracies are straining under the weight of the growing distrust of core societal institutions. Our institutions are under siege – as people have lost faith in religious organizations, higher education,…

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  • Health Services Administration shares services to better support academic, clinical work

    March 28, 2018

    Two years ago, Dave Anderson, executive director of Health Sciences Administration, pointed out the duplication of services throughout the 10 health sciences units that reported to him. From human resources to IT support to accounting, each unit’s staffing, resources and practices were a bit different. There was little doubt this duplication was costing units resources…

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