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UW Tacoma Chancellor

Sheila Edwards Lange selected as chancellor of UW Tacoma

University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Mark A. Richards today announced the selection of Sheila Edwards Lange, president of Seattle Central College, as chancellor of the University of Washington Tacoma. Her appointment, pending approval by the UW Board of Regents, is set to begin Sept. 16, 2021.

Edwards Lange has many years of experience in higher education and she is well known throughout the UW, having served as the vice president for Minority Affairs and Diversity from 2007 to 2015. At UW Tacoma, she succeeds Mark Pagano, who has served as chancellor since 2015 and now will join the faculty in the School of Engineering & Technology.

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Advisory Search Committee for UW Tacoma Chancellor

  • Marian S. Harris, Professor, School of Social Work and Criminal Justice, UW Tacoma, co-chair
  • Frank Hodge, Dean and Professor, Foster School of Business, UW Seattle, co-chair
  • Jason Campbell, Assistant Vice Provost, Office of Planning and Budgeting, UW Seattle
  • Vincent Da, President, ASUWT
  • Butch de Castro, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Professor, Child, Family and Population Health Nursing, School of Nursing, UW Seattle
  • Alexes Harris, Professor, Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences, UW Seattle
  • Mentha Hynes-Wilson, Vice Chancellor for Student and Enrollment Services, UW Tacoma
  • Rajendra Katti, Campus Dean and Professor, School of Engineering and Technology, UW Tacoma
  • Leslie Kinkade, Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement, UW Tacoma
  • Joe Lott, Associate Professor, College of Education, UW Seattle
  • Ellen Moore, Teaching Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Tacoma
  • Linda Ng Boyle, Professor and Chair, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, UW Seattle
  • Lyle Quasim, UW Tacoma Advisory Board member
  • Gregory Rose, Professor, Milgard School of Business, UW Tacoma

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for agreeing to serve on the search advisory committee to actively recruit and recommend candidates for the position of Chancellor of the University of Washington Tacoma campus. This search may involve both internal and external candidates. Marian Harris, Professor of Social Work and Criminal Justice, UW Tacoma and Frank Hodge, Dean and Professor of the Foster School of Business, 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 Tacoma’s urban serving mission.

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 Tacoma, 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 two to three 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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