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UW Bothell Chancellor

Kristin Esterberg selected as chancellor of UW Bothell

University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Mark A. Richards announced the selection of Kristin Esterberg, president of the State University of New York at Potsdam, as chancellor of the University of Washington Bothell. Her appointment, pending approval by the UW Board of Regents, is set to begin Oct. 1.

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Advisory Search Committee for UW Bothell Chancellor

  • Eddie Uehara, Dean and Professor, School of Social Work, UW Seattle, co-chair
  • Gowri Shankar, Interim Vice Chancellor of Planning and Administration and Associate Professor, School of Business, UW Bothell, co-chair
  • Djelli Berisha, President, ASUWB
  • Mabel Ezeonwu, Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies, UW Bothell
  • Kimberlee Gillis-Bridges, Teaching Professor and Director, Computer-Integrated Courses,
    Department of English, UW Seattle
  • Rickey Hall, Vice President Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity and University
    Diversity Officer, UW Seattle
  • Jan Hunter, UW Bothell Advisory Board Chair
  • Dan Jaffe, Division Chair and Professor, Physical Sciences, School of Science, Technology,
    Engineering, and Mathematics, UW Bothell
  • Janine Jones, Professor, College of Education, UW Seattle
  • Patricia Kramer, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Associate Curator of Archaeology, Burke Museum, UW Seattle
  • Keith Nitta, Associate Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and GFO Chair, UW Bothell
  • Paul Rucker, Vice President for Alumni & Stakeholder Engagement, UW Seattle
  • Tim Wilson, Dean of Student Affairs, UW Bothell
  • Jihui Yang, Vice Dean and Professor, Material Science and Vice Dean, College of Engineering, UW Seattle

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for agreeing to serve on the advisory search committee to actively recruit and recommend candidates for the position of Chancellor of the University of Washington Bothell campus. This search may involve both internal and external candidates. Gowri Shankar, Interim Vice Chancellor for Planning and Administration and Associate Professor, School of Business, UW Bothell and Edwina Uehara, Dean and Professor, School of Social Work, UW Seattle, will co-chair the committee.  As you can see, the committee is composed of outstanding individuals with a range of expertise.  We seek a distinguished academic and a collaborative and inclusive leader who will embrace and advance UW Bothell’s mission to deliver transformational learning opportunities in a dynamic, multicultural community.

Executive Order 20 in the University of Washington Policy Directory linked here, sets forth the basic procedures for conducting a search for a chancellor.  Enclosed is a general job description for chancellors. The University has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, which I ask you to consider seriously as you recruit a pool of candidates. Please establish protocols for seeking the opinions and nominations from the broader faculty, student, and staff communities at the University of Washington Bothell, as well as appropriate constituencies within the broader UW community and outside the University of Washington. At the conclusion of the search, we would like to receive from you the unranked names of 2 to 3 highly qualified candidates.

We will attend a portion of your first committee meeting to discuss our priorities and expectations for the position and the search. At this meeting we will also seek your input on a draft position announcement. We are engaging a professional search firm to assist you in this search, which we will announce soon.

Thank you very much for accepting this important assignment.


Ana Mari Cauce
Professor, Psychology
Mark A. Richards
Provost and Executive Vice President
Professor, Earth and Space Sciences

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