The board of trustees of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, has chosen Isiaah Crawford as the fourteenth president of the university. He will take office on July 1.
According to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Education, the University of Puget Sound enrolls about 2,500 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students. African Americans make up one percent of the undergraduate student body.
Dr. Crawford currently serves as provost of Seattle University. He has served in that role since 2008. Previously, Dr. Crawford served on the faculty at Loyola University in Chicago for more than 20 years. He held positions as chair of the psychology department and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
In accepting the role of the next president of the University of Puget Sound, Dr. Crawford stated that “I am humbled and excited by the opportunity to serve Puget Sound. It is a vibrant institution with a deep sense of community and place — it’s clear that Puget Sound looks not only to educate its students but to shape their abilities to look outside of themselves to find ways to use their education to make a difference in the world. The college is extraordinarily well-positioned to build on its accomplishments, seek continuous improvement, and attain its next level of distinction in fulfillment of its mission as a national liberal arts college.”
Dr. Crawford is a graduate of Saint Louis University in Missouri. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from DePaul University in Chicago.