Greetings Alumni and Friends,
We have so much to celebrate as we begin the 2012-13
academic year. Our most recent enrollment figures confirm
our status as the fastest-growing public university in the
state of Washington. As alumni, friends and supporters,
you have played a key role in the success of UW Bothell.
The state of the university is excellent with a strong and
vital future ahead. Therefore, it is with great confidence
that I have decided to step down from my role as
chancellor, effective July 1, 2013. It has been a great honor to lead this campus
during a period marked both by extraordinary growth and many challenges to
higher education. I have had the privilege to work with outstanding faculty and
staff, as well as strong community partners. While my decision leaves me with
many mixed emotions, I am eager to return to my roots as a scholar and teacher.
A national search for my successor will be conducted through the UW Seattle
Provost’s office, with the goal of having my successor in place when I leave. A
search committee has been established, chaired by Doug Wadden and co-chaired
by Alan Wood. To see the membership of the search committee, visit www.uwb.edu/chancellor/search.
In the interim, I am firmly focused on the future. Our campus is undergoing
unprecedented change, both in its physical footprint and in the composition of
our incoming freshman class. As this issue goes to press we are opening the new
Sports and Recreation Complex, fully funded by the student body. Construction
is under way on the Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory, and great progress is
being made on the Science and Academic Building (UWB 3).
In this issue of Insight, we celebrate a major milestone in the history of our campus
– the 20th anniversary of our nursing program. Today, many of our nursing
alumni hold key leadership positions throughout the region. In fact, UW Bothell
graduates more registered nurse baccalaureate (RNB) students annually than any
other institution in the state.
Finally, I am looking forward to our 2nd annual Innovation Forum, Feb. 11-14,
2013. This year’s theme is “Engaging Design.” This is an event that celebrates the
considerable innovation and creativity taking place at UW Bothell. I look forward
to seeing you there.
Kenyon S. Chan