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Provost Mark Richards 2018 portrait

Provost Mark Richards

Mark Richards joined the University of Washington as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs on July 1, 2018. A geophysicist, Richards also holds a faculty appointment in the College of the Environment’s Department of Earth and Space Sciences. As provost, he is the University’s chief academic and budget officer.

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Novel coronavirus information

The UW has compiled a page with information about the novel coronavirus, precautions that are being taken and prevention measures you can take, as well as information on the effects of measures various governments are taking to stem the outbreak.

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Making core investments to advance our mission

November 20, 2019

Just over a year ago, I chose to come to the University in large part because of its growing national reputation and the respect it was earning as one of the most innovative universities in the world. Another reason was the opportunity to work alongside President Ana Mari Cauce, who is widely regarded as a visionary, passionate leader. The University, under our leadership, aims to be the number one public university in the world as measured by impact.

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Provost Town Hall

On February 26, 2020, Provost and Executive Vice President Mark Richards spoke on a range of topics including UW’s commitment to equity and inclusion, population health, campus construction, a data science minor for students majoring in non-STEM fields and much more.

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2018 Provost Welcome Lecture

What really killed the dinosaurs?

Provost Mark Richards explores the two leading theories on what actually happened 66 million years ago — and how they may have been linked.

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The provost’s areas of responsibility


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What does it mean to Be Boundless? At the UW, our pride and passion are limitless. And so is our belief that together we will change the world. All it takes is the first step. So what are you waiting for?


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