May 1, 2019

Looking Forward, with Gratitude

Dear Evans School Community, 

It is with both pride and nostalgia that I share with you my decision to step down as Dean of the Evans School and return to the faculty next September. In reflecting on my 16 years at the Evans School and my career of more than 40 years in the academy, I decided last fall not to seek a fourth term. My energy and passion for serving the Evans School and the University of Washington remain strong, and I believe it is the right time to choose leadership for the next decade.

In our 16 years together, we have accomplished great things. The Evans School has grown from a strong regional school to a top-five institution, nationally recognized for excellence in research and learning. The School now ranks second in graduate public affairs programs among public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. 

The School has expanded its academic programs by establishing an executive M.P.A., a Ph.D., and a global M.P.A. I am so proud of the 2,600 students have graduated during my tenure. 

Together with faculty, staff, students and alumni, we secured more than $19.6 million in private and state support to renovate Parrington Hall. The renovation will create learning environments that support collaboration and active learning. 

I have deeply valued the opportunity to work in service of such an extraordinary community of individuals. I am grateful to you for your commitment, spirit, and for the myriad of ways you have each played a role in advancing the mission of our great school.

The national search for the School’s seventh Dean will commence soon and will be run by the Office of the UW Provost. A decision regarding an interim dean will be forthcoming, and we will keep you updated on news as it unfolds. I will be on leave next academic year and plan to return to the faculty as Professor in Fall 2020.

Thank you for a wonderful 16 years. This has been the job of a lifetime, and it’s been a true privilege serving as the Dean of this incredible school.

Sandra O. Archibald
Dean and Professor