Our 10th day numbers are in, and we can now state unequivocally that the University of Washington Bothell is the largest of the five branch campuses in the state of Washington. As I told a reporter recently, we’re really no longer a “branch” campus. We are a full campus in our own right; we offer an unmatched student experience and a University of Washington degree.
For academic year 2013-14, UW Bothell received a record number of first year and transfer applications. The increased applications resulted in a 5 percent increase in first year students and a 21 percent increase in enrolled transfer students (over last year). We remain one of the most diverse universities in the nation, and we continue to offer access to groups who are underrepresented on college campuses. About 46 percent of our first year students are the first in their families to attend college.
Our growth would not be possible without dedicated faculty and staff to recruit, mentor and teach our students. But it’s also imperative that we provide an infrastructure that supports teaching and learning. For the last six years, that job has been in the hands of Marilyn Cox, our vice chancellor for administration and planning. Marilyn will retire in December, and relocation to a warm, sunny vista is in her future.
Under Marilyn’s leadership, the campus has experienced tremendous growth, both in physical space and expanded student services such as food service, housing options and more. She directed our fiscal and budget management in the midst of a national recession and dwindling state support for higher education. I am grateful for her extraordinary contributions to UW Bothell and pleased that I was able to spend a few months working with her.
A search is under way for Marilyn’s successor, with the intent to fill the position early in 2014.
There are so many wonderful events happening on campus this month. I particularly want to invite you to honor our student and alumni Veterans at a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Veterans Archway on campus. I hope to see you there.