Sandeep Krishnamurthy has been named Director of the Business Program, replacing outgoing director Steve Holland who has served in the role, with distinction, since 2002. Krishnamurthy recently served as Associate Director of Graduate Programs for the Business Program and was instrumental in the implementation of the new Leadership MBA (LMBA) program which will make its debut in Bellevue in Fall 2009.
Brad Portin has been selected as the incoming Director of the Education Program, succeeding Interim Director Linda Watts who graciously served in the role for the 2008-09 academic year. Portin comes to UW Bothell from UW Seattle where he was on the faculty of the UW College of Education. He is on the educational board for the journal, Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability and has held visiting professorships in Norway, England and the United Arab Emirates.
R. Brooks Gekler joined UW Bothell in Fall 2009 as Director of its Business Development Center. As Director, Gekler leads the Center, which was launched in 2006 to serve small businesses in the North King/South Snohomish region.
IAS faculty and CUSP Director Gray Kochhar-Lindgren has received a 2009-10 Fulbright General Education Fellowship to support the creation of a cross-disciplinary curriculum in a consortium of Hong Kong universities, which are in 2012 transitioning from 3 to 4-year degrees. Hosted by the University of Hong Kong and its Philosophy Department, Kochhar-Lindgren will teach one course per semester and organize workshops, coordinated by the Hong Kong-America Center, on the first year experience and integrated learning initiatives in General Education.
Business faculty Tim Hargrave has been selected as the Advisory Council Faculty Fellow in Business. This three-year term fellowship was funded by donations from members of the Business Program Advisory Council. Hargrave was selected for his scholarly promise, ability to represent the business program and ability to communicate scholarship to students.
Marguerite Roza of the UW Bothell's Center on Reinventing Public Education received one of the "Change Agent of the Year" awards at the NewSchools Venture Fund Summit on Education Entrepreneurship for her contributions to education. Joanne Weiss, partner and COO at NewSchools, and newly appointed leader of the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top Fund, praised Roza as "the best person in the country on education finance" and said "it is her thoughtful analysis and financial acumen that provided much of the data to support the economic stabilization part of the stimulus package for education - a mere $54 billion in funds."
Jim Donald joined UW Bothell earlier this year as Executive-in-Residence for the Business Program. With his wealth of experience as the former CEO of Starbucks and Chairman, President and CEO of Pathmark, Donald provides valuable insight and mentoring to students and faculty.
The UW Bothell Center for Student Entrepreneurship(CSE) saw the launch of its 50th business this spring. The CSE was established with the goal of helping students become successful entrepreneurs, as creators of their own innovative startups or as major participants in small dynamic companies, and has been achieving this goal since its launch in 2006.