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who want to attend the UW, but also on the local and state economy. It’s also important to continue building on the UW’s established strengths and focusing on those areas where we can have the biggest impact. With the wealth of talent and expertise already assembled in it, the College of the Environment is well positioned to become the fi nest school of its kind in the nation. But to reach its potential, it must be nurtured and grown. Similarly, UW efforts in global health, health sciences generally, information technology, computer science and engineering and other key fields have already established themselves as national leaders. Supporting their further growth will ensure they continue to have an impact for future generations. The UW has a long, rich tradition of collaboration, innovation and excellence. The key to this tradition is our

people. They are the reason our alma mater has risen to become one of the best research universities in the world, and they will be the reason our university continues to thrive and to serve citizens of Washington in an exemplary manner for many more decades. It’s extremely hard to leave the people who make our alma mater such a remarkable institution. Indeed, there’s never a good time to leave a great job. I have loved my time at the UW and have no intention of staying away. DeLaine and I will be in Washington as much as possible. It will always be our home, and we will always be Huskies. And we look forward to watching our university continue to grow and deepen its impact on our state and our world.

UW ImpAcT Making sure the next 150 years are as good as the First 150.

M A R K A . E M M E RT , ’ 7 5 , President

UW SEARCHES FOR NEXT LEADER The hunt for a new UW president has begun. In May, the Board of Regents appointed a 17-person search committee, chaired by Kellye Testy, dean of the UW School of Law. The committee will submit three to five candidate recommendations to the Board of Regents on Jan. 31, 2011. In August, R. William Funk and associates was retained to help with the search. As part of the process, the committee will host stakeholder forums in Bellevue, Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma this fall to gather input on the qualities and skills alumni and friends believe are critical in the next president. The Regents’ charge to the search committee and criteria for choosing a president, as well as the committee’s announcements, updates and contact info for submissions, can be found at

INTERIM PRESIDENT AND PROVOST NAMED In July, the Board of Regents named UW Provost Phyllis Wise as interim president. As provost, Wise is the University’s chief academic and chief budget officer, and the second-highest university administrator. She will be the first woman and the first Asian-American to serve as UW president. In turn, Wise named Mary Lidstrom, vice provost for research, a professor of microbiology and chemical engineering and the Frank Jungers Chair of Engineering, as interim provost. Both will assume their duties upon President Emmert’s departure this fall.

The Time Is Now for 300,000 UW Alums to Speak Up. Raise your voice and be heard with legislators in Olympia.


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