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Message from the Vice Provost – December 2023

Portrait of Phil Reid
Philip J. Reid, Vice Provost, Academic Student Affairs

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the end of autumn quarter — a quarter that seemed to fly by as 7,006 freshman and 1,553 transfer students each launched their Husky Experience. The cadence on campus picked up as we celebrated the success of our football program and the release of the long-awaited movie “The Boys in the Boat.” Through it all, each of you in Academic and Student Affairs continued to work diligently to promote our students’ success. The updates below highlight just a fraction of that work and note the many new team members who have recently joined our ASA units.

Provost Tricia Serio — a chemist by training (always a good sign!) — arrived in late summer with extensive experience in higher education, most recently at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She and I have had many conversations, and her commitment to student success is clear. This includes enrolling a strong entering class, providing them with the financial resources they need and creating a welcoming academic environment to help establish a sense of belonging. She clearly shares and appreciates the values of ASA, and I look forward to ASA contributing significantly to strategic initiatives she identifies as important to the future of the UW.

I also want to thank a member of my leadership team, Ann Nagel, for her service to the UW and ASA. Ann recently stepped down from her position as associate vice provost and university privacy officer and has transitioned to a strategic privacy advisor position at UW-IT through April 2024. In this new role, she will report to the chief information officer and help move the privacy function to the Office of Information Security within UW-IT. I’ve worked with Ann for roughly half of her 20 years at the UW, in both UW-IT and ASA. Her leadership was instrumental in building the UW’s privacy office and data governance program based on best practices and UW values. Ann often fielded inquiries from peers looking to build similar programs. The ASA leadership team will miss her collaborative approach and her contributions. Please join me in wishing Ann the best in this next chapter.

I hope you enjoy the upcoming holidays. Thank you for your contributions to ASA and the UW.

Philip J. Reid
Vice Provost, Academic and Student Affairs
Professor of Chemistry