From the President: Utah’s Michael Young chosen as next UW President

Fellow students,

It was with great enthusiasm that I witnessed the announcement just minutes ago from the UW Board of Regents that Michael Young will be the next President of the University of Washington. He has served as the President of the University of Utah since 2004, and he brings an impressive track record of leadership to the UW:

  • President, University of Utah (2004-2011), during which time UU has led the nation in the number of business startups spawning from university research.
  • Dean, George Washington University Law School (1998-2004), during which time Young also served on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
  • Professor, Columbia University Law School (1978-1998), where he served as the Fuyo Professor of Japanese Law and Legal Institutions and was also the Director of the Center for Japanese Legal Studies, the Center for Korean Legal Studies, and the Project on Religion, Human Rights and Religious Freedom.
  • Law Clerk (1976-1978) to the late Chief (then Associate) Justice William H. Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Along with the President of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS), Sarah Reyneveld, I have represented students on the Presidential Search Committee since last July. Throughout the process, I was impressed with Michael Young’s commitment to including students at all levels of university decision-making and to promoting all types of diversity. Young will be on campus on Wednesday for a press conference. His term will begin in time for the 2011-2012 school year.

Please join me in welcoming Michael Young to the University of Washington.

Below is this week’s digest of things to do on and around campus.


  • ASUW Arts and Entertainment and Active Minds at UW present “PostSecret Live” with founder Frank Warren, April 29th at 8 pm in Meany Hall. “PostSecret Live” is a multi-media presentation by Frank Warren, founder of PostSecret. Check out the event on Facebook. Tickets are $12 with UW ID available at By George Newsstand; $20 for General Public through and outlets.
  • On April 27th from 10-2pm on Red Square, the Office of Off-Campus Housing Affairs (OCHA) will be hosting it’s annual Spring Housing Fair, bringing together various housing entities such as regional landlords, the Greek Community, on-campus housing opportunities, and local non-profits to address student’s concerns regarding housing for the upcoming academic year. Students will be able to learn about the residence halls, fraternities & sororities, and off-campus housing options at one location from well-informed student leaders and local building managers. This is a perfect opportunity for individuals who are not entirely sure which housing environment they want to live in and learn about the opportunities available to them, pricing, and availability.

Madeleine McKenna

Associated Students of the University of Washington
(206) 543-1780
ASUW on Facebook

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