BOTHELL — A professor and president of a technology university in New York has been named the next chancellor of the University of Washington Bothell.
Bjong Wolf Yeigh is expected to start in his new job on Sept. 1, according to a news release Tuesday by the UW. The appointment is subject to approval of the UW Board of Regents.
“Dr. Yeigh has been a force of innovation and change throughout his career, particularly in positions of academic leadership,” said Michael K. Young, the UW’s president, in a statement. “He has left a trail of success everywhere he has been, and we are very excited to have him join the University of Washington and lead our dynamic campus at Bothell as it continues to grow and develop.”
He will replace Kenyon Chan, who is stepping down to pursue his own scholarly work in educational psychology. Yeigh’s salary will be $285,000.
Yeigh has worked since 2008 as a professor and president of SUNYIT, the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, where he’s overseen operations for the 800-acre science and technology campus.
During his tenure, he guided the building of more than $100 million in capital projects including a student center, field house, and a residential complex. He secured private and public funding to significantly add science, technology, engineering and mathematics faculty and student excellence scholarships.
Yeigh holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering science from Dartmouth, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford and a master’s and doctorate in civil engineering and operations research from Princeton.
The University of Washington Bothell was established in 1990 to serve students in Snohomish and north King counties. It is the fastest-growing public university in the state of Washington; about 92 percent of its students are from Washington. The university currently enrolls 4,100 students and offers more than 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UW Bothell inhabits a 128-acre campus.