Presidential search forum: Students overwhelmingly in support of Ana Mari Cauce

In 154 years, the UW has had 33 presidents. Following the departure of Michael Young in March, the university is searching for its 34th.

One of four planned public forums was held Monday, in which students were allowed to voice their opinions and desires to the Board of Regents.

“I think a new president is no easy task,” said Bill Ayer, the chair of the Board of Regents, “but it provides us the opportunity to assess where we are and where we want to be.”

Kenyon Chan, the appointed chair of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, led the discussion. He was previously a chancellor at UW Bothell and interim chancellor at UW Tacoma.

The forum pivoted around three questions: What are people feeling about where the university is now; what are some opportunities and challenges the university faces; and what are the characteristics of the next leader given those things?

Michael Moynihan, a UW senior, prefaced his commentary with the fact he is one of the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement on campus.

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