University of Washington, Bothell — Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

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University of Washington, Bothell
Bothell, Washington

The University of Washington, Bothell (UW Bothell) is seeking a strategic, collaborative, and creative leader to serve as its Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (VCAA). One of three campuses at the University of Washington, a world-renowned public research university, the UW Bothell is the fastest growing and most diverse university campus in the state. The VCAA will be an academic visionary capable of propelling the institution to its next level of excellence and maturity, continuing its trajectory as a premiere interdisciplinary, student-centered university within the state of Washington and beyond.

Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest state-supported institutions of higher education on the Pacific coast. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), the UW has the largest research budget of any public university in the country ($1.6B), and recently earned distinction as the 14th best university in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, ranking number 3 amongst public universities. In 1990, the Washington state legislature established two new UW campuses, in the cities of Tacoma and Bothell, south and east of Seattle respectively, to broaden access to higher education for the state’s residents. 

The UW Bothell combines the intimacy of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a major public research university. The campus has experienced extraordinary growth in the last ten years; it currently enrolls nearly 6,000 students and offers 55 undergraduate and graduate programs on campus and at satellite locations throughout Western Washington. The University is located in a beautiful natural setting, and boasts award winning architecture and cutting edge facilities overlooking natural wetlands and the Cascade Mountains. About half the students come from underrepresented backgrounds, including  45% who are first generation college attendees. Its size and co-location with Cascadia Community College, as well as proximity to a burgeoning biomedical and high technology corridor, position the University well for continued educational impact. Access and opportunity are central to the UW Bothell’s mission, as is hands-on, interdisciplinary approaches to real world learning. 

Reporting to the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer of the University and will play a key leadership role in enhancing academic excellence, promoting diversity, equity and inclusion, and building a sustainable business model supporting exceptional learning experiences for students. The successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to further advance the UW Bothell’s mission, supporting its deep commitments to access, social justice, and experiential learning. To that end, the next VCAA will continue to expand the UW Bothell’s influence and impact by addressing the following key opportunities and challenges:

  • Lead the UW Bothell community in building around a shared identity and vision for the future
  • Ensure operational and financial sustainability 
  • Provide strong academic affairs leadership and management
  • Shape an outstanding and inclusive education for all students
  • Build bridges and continue to nurture relationships across campus, the three campus university, and beyond

University of Washington, Bothell has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: www.imsearch.com/6795 . Electronic submission of materials is required.

Regan Gough and Sheila Burgess
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA  94111
Phone: 415.655.4900
Fax: 415.655.4905

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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