The University of Washington’s new president is psychologist Ana Mari Cauce, PhD, the first Latina and the first woman
to serve permanently in the role. The former provost had been
the university’s interim president since March.
Cauce is known for her work to increase access to education
and promote inclusiveness at the school. Under her leadership,
UW reduced its tuition and plans to make more cuts next year.
She also increased the minimum wage for campus employees.
And, in the wake of racial tension throughout the nation
last spring, Cauce launched the university’s Race and Equity
Initiative to promote diversity and social justice on campus.
“We see for the first time in many, many years, someone
from the highest office convene students and
faculty on campus to have an open discussion
about issues of growing concern in our society,”
says psychology department chair Sheri
Cauce joined the UW faculty in 1986 as an
assistant professor of psychology. She served as
dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from
2008 to 2011 and as provost and executive vice
president — managing the school’s $6 billion
budget — from 2012 until March when she was
appointed interim president.
Her deep commitment to education is partly
inherited. Her father was Cuba’s minister of
education before her family immigrated to
the United States during the revolution when
Cauce was 3. Raised in Miami, where both her
parents worked in a shoe factory, Cauce earned
her bachelor’s degree in psychology and English
from the University of Miami and her PhD in
psychology from Yale University. As a graduate
student, she was a member of the first class of
Among students and faculty, Cauce was a popular choice for
president and is widely respected for her fair and transparent
leadership. “Anyone who knows Dr. Cauce knows that she is one
of the most passionate and hard-working individuals around,”
Mizumori says. “When she sets a goal or makes a promise, you
can be sure she will do everything humanly possible to make it
Follow Cauce on Twitter at @amcauce. Watch her first
presidential address at www.washington.edu/president.
— Jamie Chamberlin
Ana Mari Cauce
makes history as the University
of Washington’s new president
Cauce aims to boost access to education and promote diversity.