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President of the University of Washington

The President of the University of Washington is the chief administrator of the university.

President of the
University of Washington
Ana Mari Cauce, UNED 2013.jpg
Ana Mari Cauce

since October 13, 2015 (2015-10-13)
University of Washington
AppointerBoard of Regents of the University of Washington
FormationNovember 4, 1861 (1861-11-04)
First holderAsa Mercer
WebsiteOffice of the President

The University of Washington is a public university in Seattle, Washington. Established in 1861 and originally known as the Territorial University of Washington, UW is the oldest public university in the state of Washington. The University offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees through its 140 departments, organized into various colleges and schools. With a total student enrollment of about 46,000, UW is one of the largest universities in the United States.

The longest-serving president of the university was William P. Gerberding, who held the office for sixteen years from 1979 to 1995.

The current president of the University of Washington is Ana Mari Cauce. Cauce served as the university's interim president before replacing the thirty-first president, Michael K. Young, and assuming her position as the university's permanent president on October 13, 2015. Cauce is the thirty-third president of the university. Twenty-five men and one woman have served as the university's permanent president, and six men and three women have served as its interim president pending the appointment of a permanent successor.


List of presidentsEdit

Gerberding Hall, location of the university president's office.

The following individuals have held the Office of President of the University of Washington.[2] There are gaps in the line of succession when the University was closed from 1867–69 and part of 1874 and 1876[3] The university presidents in whose honor buildings have been named bear an asterisk.

Presidents of the University of Washington
No. Portrait President Tenure Background and accomplishments
1   Asa Mercer 1861–63
2 William Edward Barnard 1863–66
3   George F. Whitworth 1866–67
John Henry Hall 1869–72
Eugene Kincaid Hill 1872–74
Mary W. (May) Thayer 1874 Acting President
  George F. Whitworth 1874–76
Alexander Jay Anderson 1877–82
Leonard Jackson Powell 1882–87
  Thomas Milton Gatch 1887–95
Mark Walrod Harrington 1895–97
William Franklin Edwards 1897
Charles Francis Reeves 1897–98 Acting President
  Frank Pierrepont Graves 1898–1902
  Thomas Franklin Kane 1902–14
Henry Landes 1914–15 Acting President
  Henry Suzzallo 1915–26
David Thomson 1926–27 Acting President
Matthew Lyle Spencer 1927–33
Hugo Winkenwerder 1933–34 Acting President
Lee Paul Sieg 1934–46
Raymond B. Allen 1946–51
H.P. (Dick) Everest 1952 Acting President
Henry Schmitz 1952–58
Charles E. Odegaard 1958–73
Philip W. Cartwright 1973–74 Acting President
John R. Hogness 1974–79
27 William P. Gerberding 1979–95
Richard L. McCormick 1995–2003
Lee L. Huntsman 2003–04
30   Mark Emmert 2004–10
  Phyllis Wise 2010–11 Acting President
31 Michael K. Young 2011–15
  Ana Mari Cauce 2015 Acting President
33 2015–

Timeline of University of Washington presidential termsEdit

Presidents of the University of Washington
Ana Mari CauceMichael K. YoungPhyllis M. WiseMark A. EmmertLee L. HuntsmanRichard L. McCormickWilliam P. GerberdingJohn R. HognessPhilip W. CartwrightCharles E. OdegaardHenry SchmitzH.P. (Dick) EverestRaymond B. AllenLee Paul SiegHugo WinkenwerderMatthew Lyle SpencerDavid ThomsonHenry SuzzalloHenry LandesThomas Franklin KaneFrank Pierrepont GravesCharles Francis ReevesWilliam Franklin EdwardsMark Walrod HarringtonThomas Milton GatchLeonard Jackson PowellAlexander Jay AndersonGeorge Fred WhitworthMary W. (May) ThayerEugene Kincaid HillJohn Henry HallGeorge Fred WhitworthAsa Shinn Mercer 

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Washington State Employee Salaries". Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  2. ^ "University of Washington Presidents". Retrieved 2007-09-15.
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