University of Washington Bothell


Chancellor Kristin Esterberg

Dr. Kristin Esterberg joined UW Bothell on October 1 to serve as the University's fourth chancellor. Prior to joining UW Bothell, she was president of the State University of New York at Potsdam. Earlier in her career she was provost and academic vice president at Salem State University in Massachusetts and as deputy provost at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her research has centered on gender and sexuality, social identities, research methodology and social organization and change.

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Chancellor Kristin Esterberg

Vice Chancellors

Sharon A. Jones, Ph.D

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Sharon A JonesSharon A. Jones was named vice chancellor for Academic Affairs in April. She was previously the dean of the University of Portland's Shiley School of Engineering. Jones is the chief academic officer on campus, overseeing UW Bothell's five schools. Jones has worked as a professional engineer and holds a doctorate in engineering and public policy.

Gowri Shankar, Ph.D

Vice Chancellor for Planning & Administration

Gowri ShankarGowri Shankar was named to his permanent position as vice chancellor of  Planning & Administration in April 2021, after serving as interim for more than a year. He provides leadership in key areas related to administrative, financial, facilities and human resource operations of the campus. Shankar is a recipient of the UW Distinguished Teaching Award and has served as the chair of the UW Faculty Organization. He holds degrees in Accounting and Finance.

Sean Marsh

Interim Vice Chancellor for Advancement & External Relations

Sean MarshSean Marsh came to UW Bothell in 2010 as assistant director of Advancement and Alumni Services in the Division of Advancement and External Relations. After serving for several years as an assistant vice chancellor, he accepted the position of interim vice chancellor for Advancement & External Relations effective May 1, 2021. Marsh is responsible for leading the overall direction for advancement, alumni, communications and external relations programs. He works closely with the UW Bothell Advisory Board and volunteer leadership, as well as university advancement.

Scott James, Ed.D

Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Scott JamesScott James oversees both enrollment management and student affairs at UW Bothell. He holds a master of education in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University and a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University. Before joining UW Bothell, Scott served in high-level leadership roles at Salem State University, Harvard University, New Jersey City University and other higher education institutions.

Academic Leadership