Chancellor Welcome Back Message


Dear UW Bothell Community,

As I walked through campus this morning, I was inspired. From Founders Hall and the plaza to the ARC and the Beardslee Building, UW Bothell has come alive again with students, faculty and staff.

Sunday’s Convocation ceremony was a time to celebrate the beginning of the UW Bothell educational journey for nearly 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, including approximately 790 new first-year students, 820 new transfers and 250 new graduate students—all representing our future.

We also welcome 21 new faculty members who are dedicated to providing a transformational learning experience. Some of the reasons these highly qualified faculty members chose UW Bothell include our commitment to first generation students and those from other underrepresented populations, rich opportunities for engaged learning inside and outside the classroom, the ability to help build an academic degree program, and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Today, I see a UW Bothell filled with dreams of innovating and a passion for making positive change across the region and right here on campus.

I am excited for this academic year, specifically for our continued work in providing access to the excellent University of Washington education for a diverse student body. I am deeply committed to the core values that have represented UW Bothell since its inception: a transformational education, engaged scholarship and an inclusive culture.

Over the summer, our Community Engagement Council, Diversity Council, and Diversity Center Steering Committee continued their important work in support of our core values and our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. You will receive progress reports on each of these efforts in the coming weeks. I also encourage you read President Ana Mari Cauce’s message sent on Monday.

Sadly, we also experienced the loss of one of our own this summer—rising sophomore Anna Bui. For many of you, this is the first time you’ve been back in classes or in the office since then and it may be a lot to process. Should you need someone to talk to, I’ve listed resources at the end of this message.

In President Cauce’s message on Monday she reminded us to take care of each other. I echo her thought. Let’s take advantage of our small campus environment, our collaborative structure and all of the ways we have to connect at UW Bothell and check in with each other. We are a community and we are always better together.

Welcome back! I’m so glad you chose UW Bothell and look forward to seeing you around campus this year.


Bjong Wolf Yeigh, Ph.D., F.ASME
Chancellor and Professor of Engineering

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