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University of Washington president to step down after next academic year | Regional

SEATTLE – University of Washington (UW) President Ana Mari Cauce will step down after the upcoming 2024-2025 academic year.

Cauce, who has led the UW since 2015, announced her plans Wednesday. Her tenure as UW president has included expanding the university’s academic offerings while facing enrollment pressures caused by COVID-19.

Governor Jay Inslee issued a quote expressing his appreciation for Cauce’s tenure, which the university included in its marketing materials announcing the impending end of her second five-year term as president.

“Ana Mari will leave us with a long list of accomplishments… I especially appreciate her work in expanding our Clean Energy Institute, which has brought such an economic boost to our state and is helping to create new businesses across the state… She has been a refreshing change from the days when I was kicked off the UW basketball team,” Inslee said.

More recently, Cauce’s relationship with student organizers turned frosty when she said graffiti she attributed to student protesters was “vile and anti-Semitic.” The UW Daily later reported that the images used to support this claim were from unrelated protests that did not take place in 2024 or in Washington state.

Cauce will continue to teach psychology and American anthropology after she steps down as president. The UW says more details about the search for a new president will be released in the coming months.

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