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University of Washington Bothell Chancellor to leave next spring

University of Washington Bothell Chancellor Kenyon S. Chan announced Tuesday that he will complete his tenure at the end of the 2012-13 academic year.  - Contributed photo
University of Washington Bothell Chancellor Kenyon S. Chan announced Tuesday that he will complete his tenure at the end of the 2012-13 academic year.
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University of Washington Bothell Chancellor Kenyon S. Chan announced Tuesday that he will complete his tenure at the end of the 2012-13 academic year. Chan informed the campus of his decision at its Town Hall meeting. Chan is only the college’s second Chancellor.

“In the slightly more than five years that Kenyon Chan has served as Chancellor, UW Bothell has grown into a renowned and valued resource for the state of Washington,” said University of Washington President Michael Young. “The campus is particularly known as a center for innovation and creativity in higher education, and I attribute that reputation—and the reality upon which it is based—largely to Kenyon’s outstanding leadership.”

Chan began his tenure as Chancellor of the University of Washington Bothell in July 2007. After his appointment, UW Bothell doubled the number of students served and tripled the number of degree programs offered.

In a letter emailed to the students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the campus, Chan wrote, “It is my great honor to be Chancellor of the University of Washington Bothell. The state of the university is excellent with a strong and vital future ahead. Therefore, it is with great confidence in that future that I have decided to leave my role as Chancellor, which allows the university to seek a new leader for the exciting years ahead. I will continue as Chancellor through this academic year and return to my own scholarly work on July 1, 2013."

Chan presided over the University’s Bothell campus during a time of growth and success. Campus enrollment grew from 1567 to more than 3500, making UW Bothell the fastest growing public university in the state. It now offers 16 new degree programs, particularly in science and technology and established student housing. It also expanded campus facilities to accommodate up to 5,000 students in the future. Under Chan the campus increased research funding and charitable giving by tenfold and it strengthening collaboration with industry and community partners.

Chan concluded his letter by writing, “Of course, my decision is made with very mixed emotions. I have had the privilege of leading this campus during a period of extraordinary growth in the midst of many challenges to higher education. I have also had the great opportunity to work with outstanding faculty,staff and students as well as strong community partners. At the same time, after many years of administrative work, it is time for me to return to my roots as a scholar and teacher.”

Prior to his appointment at UW Bothell, Chan was Dean of the College and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Occidental College. While at Occidental he had the distinction of serving as Interim President for an academic year during a time of institutional transition.

Among his many accomplishments as Interim President, Chan raised a record sum of over $21.1 million, worked to strengthen trustee and alumni relations, restructured and renovated the student affairs division and student government, and initiated campus climate and diversity renewal strategies to improve relationships among students, faculty, staff, and administration.

Chan’s previous administrative positions include: Dean of Bellarmine College at Loyola Marymount University, Director of the Liberal Studies Program, and Founding Chair of the Asian American Studies Department at California State University, Northridge.

“We will initiate a national search for an outstanding successor to Chancellor Chan,” said UW Provost Ana Mari Cauce. “We look forward to the active participation of students, alumni, and faculty and community members in the process. Our goal is to make the appointment of UW Bothell’s next chancellor by the spring.”

 

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