Chancellor Bjong Wolf Yeigh
Bjong Wolf Yeigh (pronounced "YAY") was named UW Bothell's third chancellor on May 21, 2013. He officially joined the University of Washington Bothell on Sept. 3, 2013. Since joining UW Bothell, he has guided the university to record enrollment growth and a dramatic increase in both the number of faculty and degree programs.
Prior to joining UW Bothell, Yeigh was professor and president of SUNYIT, the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome. During his tenure at SUNYIT, he secured $15.5 million capital grants for cybersecurity and nanotechnology programs and led the effort to gain two rounds of funding for regional economic development projects totaling $119.9 million. Working in partnership with the University at Albany, a $240 million nanotechnology partnership was secured. Overseeing the largest expansion of the campus to date, he guided the building of more than $100 million in capital projects.
He previously held the position of vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., providing leadership to all academic and academic support programs. At Norwich, he also held a tenured professorship in a joint appointment with the Mechanical Engineering Department at the David Crawford School of Engineering and in the School of Business and Management.
Chancellor Yeigh previously served as engineering dean at Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Mo., and held the post of assistant provost for science and technology at Yale University, where he managed and oversaw academic facilities, research, budget and faculty programs in the natural and social sciences. He also was assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Yeigh served as a tactical intelligence officer for Fighter Squadron Seventy-Four (VF-74) aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-60) in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. While on active duty, he completed Strike Lead Attack Training Syllabus (SLATS), Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun), Navy Electronic Officer Course, and Navy and Marine Corp Intelligence Training. He held the rank of lieutenant upon his honorable discharge from the Navy Reserve in 1995.
He holds the following degrees: M.A. and Ph.D. in civil engineering and operations research from Princeton University; M.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University; A.B. in engineering science from Dartmouth College; and a graduate certificate in science and technology policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He was elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and serves on several national and state boards for engineering, economic development, public policy and education.