UW Tacoma welcomes interim leader

The News TribuneFebruary 27, 2014 

Kenyon Chan


A former chancellor from the University of Washington’s Bothell campus will soon head south to temporarily take the helm at University of Washington Tacoma.

The university announced Thursday that Kenyon S. Chan, who retired from his chancellor’s job in Bothell last year, will become interim chancellor at UWT on March 16. His appointment follows the Jan. 26 death of UWT Chancellor Debra Friedman.

Friedman, who came to UWT as chancellor in 2011, died after a short battle with lung cancer.

University officials said Chan will serve temporarily in the UWT chancellor’s office. University spokesman Norm Arkans said a search for a permanent chancellor will be launched, but he said there is no timetable yet for when that search will begin.

Chan took the leadership post at UW Bothell in 2007 and held it until his retirement last year. During his tenure, UW Bothell enrollment rose from nearly 1,900 full- and part-time students to more than 4,600, with an emphasis on diversity and statewide recruitment.

“His experience and success at UW Bothell will serve him well in Tacoma,” UW Provost Ana Mari Cauce said in a news release. “I am confident that in the relatively brief time he will serve as interim chancellor, he will carry on the work Debra began and we will see good things happen.”

Chan said he’s honored by the appointment that has drawn him out of retirement.

“I look forward to working with the outstanding students, faculty, staff and community that make UW Tacoma one of the most significant urban-serving universities in the country,” he said in a news release.

Before coming to Washington, Chan worked and studied many years in the University of California system, primarily at University of California, Los Angeles.

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