Dr. Mark A. Pagano is the sixth person to serve as Chancellor of the University of Washington Tacoma. He has championed UW Tacoma's urban-serving mission and worked hard to expand access to higher education and create an equitable campus for students, faculty and staff.
Arriving during the University's 25th anniversary year, in March 2015, he immediately focused on planning for the next 25 years. Bringing together faculty, students and staff, he guided the creation of a new strategic plan for UW Tacoma, Charting Our Course.
Before coming to UW Tacoma, Dr. Pagano served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Montana State University Billings, the only urban-serving university in Montana. He led the development of a university-level strategic plan and was instrumental in planning and funding a new science building, Yellowstone Hall.
Prior to MSU Billings, Dr. Pagano spent 19 years at Purdue University, where he reached the rank of full professor and served in a variety of administrative positions: department head, director of the statewide outreach system, associate vice provost for engagement, and dean of Purdue Extended Campus.
Dr. Pagano grew up in southern Illinois. He has a B.S. (1979) in engineering (he was a first-generation college student), an M.S. (1983) in engineering, and a Ph.D. (1992) in engineering science from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Dr. Pagano started his academic career as a faculty member at SIU Carbondale, where he won teaching awards and carried out research into the problems of chlorine in Illinois coal.
Dr. Pagano is married to Kelly Pagano. Together, they have four adult children.