Welcome to the Office of the Chancellor at the University of Washington Tacoma. Since the death of Chancellor Debra Friedman in January 2014, the chancellor's responsibilities are being shared by vice chancellors James W. Harrington and Harlan Patterson.
James W. Harrington, Jr.
James W. (“JW”) Harrington, Jr. has served as UW Tacoma’s vice chancellor for academic affairs since 2011. He holds a BA in urban studies, cum laude, from Harvard University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the UW in geography. He has been on the faculty at the UW since 1997, serving as Professor and Chair of Geography there for five years, between 2000 and 2005. His academic specialization is in economic geography; he is a Professor in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and in Urban Studies at UW Tacoma and a Professor in Geography at UW Seattle.
Harrington has served as director of the Geography and Spatial Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation, executive director of the North American Regional Science Council and secretary of the Association of American Geographers. He has also served on the faculties of George Mason University and the University at Buffalo (State University of New York) and been a planner for King County Housing and Community Development in Seattle and for the Massachusetts Office of State Planning.
Harlan Patterson became vice chancellor for finance and administration at UW Tacoma in January of 2012. Previously he was executive director of the Washington Vaccine Alliance. Patterson came to UW Tacoma with a significant record of achievement in earlier positions at the University of Washington, where he started as associate treasurer in 1990, moving to the position of director of finance for the School of Medicine three years later, and, from 1997-2006, serving as vice provost for planning and budgeting.
Patterson holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a BS in business/accounting from Montana State University. He began his career at a CPA firm and then rose quickly through the ranks at Bank of America prior to joining the UW Seattle.
Patterson is known for his commitment to public higher education and has a strong record of success in forging partnerships and collaborations within the academy and beyond.