Akers to lead advancement at UW Bothell


After a comprehensive search, I am pleased to wecome Philip Akers as our next vice chancellor for advancement and external relations. Phil joins UW Bothell with more than 25 years of experience in higher education advancement, most recently as Senior Director of Leadership Gifts and College Programs at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He will begin February 1.
I would like to thank the members of the advisory search committee for their outstanding work. Chaired by Vice Chancellor Ana Karaman and staffed by Therese Grant and Aida Lasher, the committee included:

  • Ana Karaman, Vice Chancellor, Administration and Planning; Chair
  • Bill Erdly, Chair, General Faculty Organization; Associate Professor, Computing and Software Systems, School of STEM
  • Sara Grossie, ASUWB Director of Public Relations
  • Laura Mansfield, Director of Digital Communications
  • Jud Marquardt, Chair, Advisory Board
  • Sandeep Krishnamurthy, Dean, School of Business
  • Greg Sheridan, Senior Associate Vice President, University Advancement
  • Curtis Takahashi, Alumni Council
  • Lisa Walker, Co-Chair, General Staff Organization

Phil will succeed Dr. Richard Penny, who will retire in January after nearly eight years of service with UW Bothell.