Tom Stritikus, the dean of the University of Washington’s College of Education, is leaving after four years to take a position with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Stritikus will become deputy director of the College Ready team, a part of the foundation that works in K12 schools on teacher preparation and assessment, as well as on digital tools.
Stritikus called it a rare opportunity “to take on work that really matters to improving teaching and learning at a very large scale.”
But he also called the UW job “the highlight of my professional career, and I really feel that — based on the strength of the faculty — in a short time we made tremendous connections to local schools, strengthened partnerships and moved the university into the community in robust ways.”
His accomplishments included helping create an all-online bachelor’s degree for early childhood education. The UW also partnered with Lakeridge Elementary in Renton to help change the way math is taught, which resulted in significant gains in math scores.
“It’s been a great run — I’ve loved every moment of it,” he said.