Debra Friedman named chancellor of U. of Washington Tacoma
The News Tribune
April 21, 2011
A Seattle native and former University of Washington Seattle administrator has been chosen to be the next top leader at the University of Washington Tacoma.
Debra Friedman will assume the post of UWT chancellor July 1, subject to approval by the University of Washington Board of Regents. Her salary will be $240,000.
“I’ve been coming to Tacoma since I was a little girl,” said Friedman, currently vice president at Arizona State University’s downtown Phoenix campus. “My mother’s best friend from college lived in Tacoma.”
She will replace Patricia Spakes, who retires in July. Spakes leaves with a salary of $206,448 after six years on the job.
Friedman has been dean of ASU’s College of Public Programs, which includes schools of public affairs, social work and criminology, and a professor of public affairs there since 2005.
Since 2008, she has also served as ASU’s vice president for its downtown Phoenix campus, which opened in 2006.
Prior to her move to Arizona, Friedman held several administrative positions at the UW’s Seattle campus from 1994 to 2005.