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Emmert wants to leave UW early

August 18th, 2010 by master

Update, August 20:   Our partners at the Seattle Times report Emmert’s last day at the UW will be Sept. 30.  He won’t lose one month’s salary but he will leave behind about $700,000 in deferred compensation he does not have a vested right to collect.

Original report:
UW President Mark Emmert is trying to leave his position one month earlier than expected.  Emmert was supposed to start his new job as head of the NCAA on November 1.  But according to our news partners at the Seattle Times, Emmert is now saying that he wants to leave the UW on October 1. 

Emmert would have to give up one month’s salary, $51,666,  if he leaves without giving six months notice.  But in a special meeting of the Board of Regents,  the board decided the university could change that condition.  Negotiations are now underway.  You can read the full story in the Seattle Times here.

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Committee now in place to find new UW president

May 28th, 2010 by master

The committee that will search for a new president for the University of Washington has just been confirmed. The Board of Regents approved the 17 members of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee. The committee includes administrators from all three UW campuses, UW regents, business leaders and the presidents-elect of the ASUW and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate. The chair of the committee will be Kellye Testy, dean of the School of Law. The committee plans to have a short list of finalists by January of 2011 to take over for outgoing president Mark Emmert.

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Search for new UW President

May 19th, 2010 by master

Three Board of Regents members visited the UW Student Senate to talk about the search for the next university president.  They said the board is looking for a person who can manage change, see the broader picture, and be a leader who understands the need to move forward while respecting university traditions.  The board will appoint an interim president to replace Mark Emmert (pictured right), who is stepping down to become the president of the NCAA.  A presidential search committee hopes to fill the position permanently before the 2011-12 school year.  Reporter Katie Burke has more in The Daily.

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UW campus reacts to Emmert departure

April 27th, 2010 by master

Here’s some more reaction from UW campus figures regarding the news today that Mark Emmert will leave the school to become the president of the NCAA.

UW Provost Phyllis Wise: “I think we’re all sad that he’s leaving. He’s done such a fabulous job here. I think we all wish him the very, very best and I think we have a great team here and we’ll continue to do the really important things that we’re doing, many of which he got started.”

ASUW President Tim Mensing: “The UW is considered one of the public ivies, and we need someone who understands that and is driven to push the envelope everyday as we are now. We expect nothing less.”

UW Board of Regents chair Herb Simon (via press release): “We recognize that the NCAA presidency is a unique opportunity. It is the only organization of its kind, national in scope, and we feel the only type of opportunity that could possibly lure Mark away from his alma mater. The nation’s gain is our loss.”

UW athletic director Scott Woodward: “They’re getting a dynamic leader who has done an incredible job every step of the way in his whole career in higher education as an administerator and a leader. He will mix things up, and he will do things that they will be very happy and proud of for a long time.”

Credit to Daily reporter Joanna Nolasco for quotes from Wise and Mensing.

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Woodward: ‘This one was in a hurry’

April 27th, 2010 by master

UW athletic director Scott Woodward, who is also a close friend of UW president Mark Emmert, told reporters on Tuesday afternoon that he had discussed Emmert’s pending move to the NCAA with him when the opportunity presented itself, but that the hiring process happened relatively fast.

“He and I always talk about professional opportunities that he has, and he’s had quite a few of them, and we talk about them, but this one was in a hurry,” Woodward said. “This was a fast one.

“Not to break any confidences. I don’t want to get into how fast or when I knew or anything like that, but it happened pretty quickly.”

Woodward said he plans to stay at the UW “a long time,” and isn’t concerned that he will now work under a president other than Emmert, who he also served under as vice president of external affairs at LSU before coming with him to UW in 2004 in the same role.

The question on the mind of UW football fans will be how this effects the school’s fundraising efforts for a planned renovation of Husky Stadium.

Woodward said he isn’t concerned about Emmert’s deparuture being a detriment to that effort.

“Not a bit,” Woodward said. “I think the leadership of the University has been supportive and been included in the Husky Stadium process the whole way, whether it be the Board of Regents or the provost office or anyone involved. This is a campus-wide effort that a lot of people are involved in.”

We’ll have more as this progresses. UW head football coach Steve Sarkisian will meet with media after practice today, and we’ll pass along his thoughts as soon as we can.

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Woodward: 'This one was in a hurry'

April 27th, 2010 by master

UW athletic director Scott Woodward, who is also a close friend of UW president Mark Emmert, told reporters on Tuesday afternoon that he had discussed Emmert’s pending move to the NCAA with him when the opportunity presented itself, but that the hiring process happened relatively fast.

“He and I always talk about professional opportunities that he has, and he’s had quite a few of them, and we talk about them, but this one was in a hurry,” Woodward said. “This was a fast one.

“Not to break any confidences. I don’t want to get into how fast or when I knew or anything like that, but it happened pretty quickly.”

Woodward said he plans to stay at the UW “a long time,” and isn’t concerned that he will now work under a president other than Emmert, who he also served under as vice president of external affairs at LSU before coming with him to UW in 2004 in the same role.

The question on the mind of UW football fans will be how this effects the school’s fundraising efforts for a planned renovation of Husky Stadium.

Woodward said he isn’t concerned about Emmert’s deparuture being a detriment to that effort.

“Not a bit,” Woodward said. “I think the leadership of the University has been supportive and been included in the Husky Stadium process the whole way, whether it be the Board of Regents or the provost office or anyone involved. This is a campus-wide effort that a lot of people are involved in.”

We’ll have more as this progresses. UW head football coach Steve Sarkisian will meet with media after practice today, and we’ll pass along his thoughts as soon as we can.

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President Emmert leaving UW

April 27th, 2010 by master

Big news on the campus this afternoon: UW President Mark Emmert is stepping down to take over as CEO of the NCAA. “It is my great honor to accept this assignment,” Emmert said. “It is more than a new job for me. This is special. This is an opportunity to help shape one of the great American institutions.”

Emmert has been at the UW for the last five years, and he’ll start at the NCAA on November 1st. The previous NCAA CEO was paid $1.7 million a year, a big jump in pay over Emmert’s current salary of $905,000, reports the Seattle Times.

“It is a great loss for our UW community and all of higher education in Washington,” said UW Board of Regents Chair Herb Simon, who said a search committee will be appointed soon to begin looking for the next UW president.

“To my friends, colleagues, and students of the University of Washington, I offer a special word of thanks and appreciation,” Emmert wrote in an email. “It is never a good time to leave one great job for another. I relish the challenges at the NCAA but will always love my time here.”

“I am extremely proud and happy for my good friend and boss Mark Emmert,” said UW director of athletics Scott Woodward. “The NCAA could not have selected a more qualified and competent leader for the organization.”

We’re working on campus reaction, which we’ll post soon here and on The Daily.

Plus: Read NCAA’s press release on the announcement

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