The Board of Regents February meeting ended with a standing ovation.
“I guess I should say I accept,” UW Provost Ana Mari Cauce said.
Since the announcement that the UW’s current president Michael K. Young will be leaving for Texas A&M University 10 days ago, the board has been deliberating on who to place as interim president.
“It is now my pleasure to put forward the motion in point,” Chairman Bill Ayer said, “Ana Mari Cauce as interim president of the University of Washington.”
When President Young’s contract is terminated March 2, Cauce will officially take his place. Her compensation will start at $524,784 annually, with deferred compensation at $50,000 to $150,000 a year.
“In my entire career of higher education, I have never worked with anyone who is more passionate about education,” President Young said. “I have been in awe of Ana Mari. The university will thrive.”
Cauce will be the second female president in the UW’s 154-year history. Phyllis Wise held the interim president position from 2010-2011 after former president Mark Emmert left and before Young was hired.