Search for new chancellor at University of Washington Tacoma has begun

Tacoma News TribuneMay 21, 2014 

The search for a new University of Washington Tacoma chancellor is underway, and the university hopes to have a new chancellor appointed by December or January.

A 19-member search committee is co-chaired by current UWT interim Chancellor Kenyon Chan and Jill Purdy, a business professor who chairs the UWT Faculty Assembly.

The committee is charged with finding a permanent chancellor to take the job vacated by the death of Debra Friedman. She died in January, after a battle with lung cancer. She came to UWT in 2011.

Chan was named interim chancellor in March. He had served as chancellor of the University of Washington Bothell until his retirement in 2012.

UWT spokesman Mike Wark said Chan does not wish to be a candidate for the permanent job.

The search committee will forward at least three finalist candidates to UW Provost Ana Mari Cauce. She and UW President Michael Young will then recommend to the Board of Regents one candidate for appointment as chancellor.

The search committee includes faculty and administrators from throughout the UW system, as well as local community and business leaders. It is asking for input from faculty, students, staff, alumni and the community. An online form to provide feedback is available at


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