Dear Western Community:
Friday evening a tragedy occurred at the Cascade Mall in Burlington that impacted lives throughout Skagit County and beyond. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the five victims and the countless others who were impacted by this senseless and horrific action.
Our Western community has been affected by the event in ways that will not be in the news or in ways one would not normally think of. Some of the victims have ties to Western. The grief of their families and friends is unimaginable. I know that we have Read more
September 16, 2016
Thank you, Kristen, for your kind introduction.
It is a special privilege to speak to you today as we recognize our distinguished faculty and staff colleagues for their accomplishments. Congratulations to our honorees.
It is a tremendous honor to lead Western. I would like to start by expressing my thanks to the Board of Trustees, members of the search committee, and to all of you for the trust you have placed in me. Over the past six weeks, Uzma and I have had the Read more
Dear Western Students:
Although the official start of classes is still several weeks away, I want to take advantage of this quiet time to personally welcome you to the 2016-17 school year at Western! Like many of you, I am also new to this wonderful university and to Bellingham, having just started my official duties as president on August 1. My wife Uzma and I have enjoyed learning our way around campus and our new hometown, meeting new people, and learning firsthand what makes Western and Bellingham such a special place to live and learn.
In the coming weeks you Read more