The University of Washington has picked an academic leader with extensive experience in science and technology to be the next chancellor of its Bothell campus.
Bjong Wolf Yeigh, professor and president of the State University of New York Institute of Technology (SUNYIT), will be the next UW-Bothell chancellor if approved by the Board of Regents. He will replace Kenyon Chan, who is stepping down to pursue his own scholarly work.
Yeigh has been president of SUNYIT, the only institute of technology at SUNY, since 2008. During his tenure, the campus received $15.5 million in capital grants for cybertechnology and nanotechnology, and led the effort to gain two rounds of funding for regional economic development projects totaling $119 million, according to the UW.
He worked in partnership with the University of Albany to create a $240 million nanotechnology partnership, then guided the construction of more than $100 million in capital projects — the largest expansion of the 800-acre campus to date.
Yeigh has degrees in engineering from Dartmouth, Stanford and Princeton, and he has conducted research in mathematical and computer modeling, analytics, simulation, science and technology, engineering physics, engineering management, and safety and security studies.
In a statement, UW President Michael Young called Yeigh “a force of innovation and change throughout his career, particularly in positions of academic leadership.”
His salary will be $285,000.