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January 10, 2018

President Cauce Announces Mark Richards as the next UW Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce has named Dr. Mark Richards provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. The appointment is effective July 1, 2018.

Richards, a geophysicist, is a professor of Earth and planetary science at the University of California, Berkeley, where he previously served as dean of mathematical and physical sciences from 2002 to 2014, and simultaneously as executive dean of the College of Letters and Science from 2006 to 2014.

“Our University is gaining an outstanding academic leader. Mark has a deep appreciation for the role public universities play in providing access to an excellent education for students from all backgrounds,” Cauce said.

Richards will succeed Gerald Baldasty, a longtime UW faculty member and administrator, who is retiring as provost and executive vice president on June 30. Visit Announcement.