Chancellor's Monthly Report, Wolf Yeigh

April 2014


This week the campus welcomed back faculty, staff and students who were just returning after spring break. The spring quarter is a time of beginnings and endings on a college campus. In the spring we welcome our incoming first year students as they begin their orientation and campus tours in preparation for the fall quarter. At the same time, we savor the final months with our graduating students.

We had a wonderful day March 20 as Gov. Jay Inslee dedicated Discovery Hall. I want to thank Gov. Inslee for attending, along with University of Washington President Michael K. Young. Several of our legislative allies attended, including Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, Sen. Andy Hill and City of Bothell Mayor Joshua Freed.

It truly takes a village to complete major construction. I am grateful to the hundreds of people who have made Discovery Hall a reality – from the legislators who helped us obtain funding, to the city and county officials who helped secure the many permits needed for construction. We received technical expertise from the UW Bothell and School of STEM Advisory Boards, in addition to the many economic and trade associations that we work with in the region. I also appreciate the hundreds of workers and contractors, along with our internal staff from the Capital Projects Office and the Office of Administration and Planning. Finally, I want to acknowledge Dean Elaine Scott, Bill Erdly and the faculty who have participated in the planning process for Discovery Hall.

There are two exciting events coming up in May. Registration is open now for the Husky 5K, which is Saturday, May 10. The 2014 Chancellor’s Reception will be held Saturday, May 17. This year’s event will be an “inside look” at Discovery Hall, the new science and academic building. You may register for the gathering at

It has been just over a week since the devastating mudslide that affected the community of Oso. I have contacted authorities in Snohomish County and have offered the assistance of our campus if needed. I know you join me in sending your thoughts and prayers to the people of Oso.


Wolf Yeigh Signature

Wolf Yeigh

Karaman Named Vice Chancellor for Administration and Planning

Ana Karaman Ana Karaman, Ph.D., has been named the new vice chancellor for administration and planning at the University of Washington Bothell. Karaman succeeds Marilyn Cox, who retired in December after six years with UW Bothell. Karaman will begin on May 1.

At UW Bothell, Karaman will manage a $60 million annual budget and develop strategic long-range financial plans for the campus. Karaman will also direct facilities planning.

Dr. Karaman currently serves as vice provost for institutional planning, budget and effectiveness at the University of San Francisco. Read more about Karaman here.

Discovery Hall Dedication and Ribbon Cutting

Jay Inslee The UW Bothell community gathered on the new plaza to witness the dedication of Discovery Hall, the new science and academic building. Gov. Jay Inslee, Chancellor Wolf Yeigh and UW President Michael K. Young were joined by other elected officials and supporters, students, alumni, faculty and staff to celebrate the new building. Discovery Hall will house the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics along with other academic programs. The campus is proud of this new building, which is the first academic structure to be built on the campus in 10 years. In addition to several specialized labs, a lecture hall, a collaboratory, classrooms and faculty offices, the campus can boast of a sustainable construction inside and out. We expect the building and the outside plaza to be full of students in the fall. Read more about Discovery Hall on our website and in the Everett Herald article.

New Degrees for Fall 2014

PenguinsUniversity of Washington President Michael K. Young has approved two new undergraduate engineering degrees at the University of Washington Bothell. The new degrees are in computer engineering and mechanical engineering. They will both begin in fall 2014 and will be offered though UW Bothell’s School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Also approved were two STEM minors in consciousness and physics. The minor in consciousness is believed to be one of the first of its kind in North America. It will bring together a variety of disciplines including psychology, neuroscience, medicine, physics, biology, artificial intelligence, and contemplative and experiential traditions to explore cutting-edge and controversial issues.

A master’s degree in electrical engineering as well as bachelor of arts and bachelor of science in chemistry degrees are also pending approval. They are expected to begin in fall 2014.

The "W" is Back

Big W A crowd of students, faculty and staff gathered to help Holly the Husky unveil the new “W.” After a two-year absence, the “W” has returned to UW Bothell as a 6-foot bronze structure that sits between Founders Hall (UW1) and Commons Hall (UW2). It’s a beautiful sight that will welcome students and visitors to campus. The “W” is an identical structure to the one that sits on the University of Washington Seattle campus. More photos of the “W” can be found here.

Husky 5K

5krun logo Get ready for UW Bothell’s 9th annual Husky 5K! On Saturday, May 10, more than 700 runners and walkers are expected to complete this fun race, which is also a scholarship fundraiser. More than 1,200 people will be on campus to take part in the fun, which includes the race through campus and downtown Bothell, the Cascadia Pups and Cubs 1K, music, face painting, a bouncy house, complimentary breakfast, prizes, sponsor booths and more. This year the event is on track to have the most runners ever. Register here and use the discount code “wolfpack” to get your $5 discount. 

A Visit From Dr. Cornel West

Cornel West On Friday, March 7, UW Bothell hosted provocateur and best-selling author Dr. Cornel West. He met with a small group of student leaders where he listened to their backgrounds and shared some of his wisdom. West then met with and captivated a crowd of more than 500 students, faculty, staff and community members. During his talk, West challenged attendees to mobilize and use success and privilege for something bigger than themselves.

Watch Dr. West's talk here and view the photos here.

Upcoming Events

Research in Progress: History of the Wetlands

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
4 to 5 p.m. in LB1-205

9th Annual Husky 5k

Saturday, May 10, 2014
8 to 10:30 a.m.
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