UW Tacoma names interim chancellor

Steven Olswang will take over in April for the departing Vicky Carwein.

Steven G. Olswang, University of Washington vice provost and vice provost for international education, professor of education and adjunct professor of law, has been appointed interim chancellor of the University of Washington, Tacoma, effective April 16, UW President Lee Huntsman announced. UW Tacoma Chancellor Vicky Carwein has accepted a position as president of Westfield State College in Westfield, Mass.

“Dr. Olswang has an immense amount of experience as a senior administrator at the university and has been involved with the Tacoma campus from its inception,” said UW President Lee Huntsman.

Olswang, 56, has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Northwestern University, a J.D. from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the UW.

He came to the UW in 1974 as a graduate student and soon became an administrative intern in the office of the president. He became assistant to the provost in 1976 and assistant provost for academic affairs in 1979, a position he held until 1985.

Olswang teaches several courses in the area of education leadership, including: higher education and the law, school law, collective bargaining and faculty governance in higher education and resource allocation in higher education.

He has served on the Northwest Accreditation Association previously as commissioner of the Colleges Commission and currently as a commissioner on the Schools Commission. Olswang is a Fellow of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Olswang’s salary will be $173,880.

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