April 6, 2016

Why Diversity Matters
with Dr. Sandra Archibald

The very nature of college and university communities have always posed challenges for academic administrators.  The contemporary campus is compelled to address the same societal issues outside the “ivory towers” and then some.  Faculty tenure, academic freedom, academic integrity, intercollegiate athletics are just a few among others including gun violence, alcohol, sexual assaults and gender equity.

And overriding those formidable issues is diversity.  How can academia satisfy the expectations of its stakeholders, on and off campus, around this seemingly overwhelming issue?  How is the University of Washington addressing diversity? What role is the Evans School playing is the issue? Sandra O. Archibald, dean, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance will discuss “Why Diversity Matters” in her Seattle Rotary 4 presentation.


Dr. Sandra O. Archibald has served as Professor and Dean of the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington since 2003.  She is the Past President of the Association of Public Policy and Management, the top national research organization in her field, and has held numerous leadership positions with the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration and the American Society for Public Administration. She holds a doctorate in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis and a master’s degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

SHORT PROGRAM:  Bill Center on Diversity


Bill Center has been a member of Seattle #4 since 1996 and served as President 2006-07.  He retired from the U.S. Navy as Rear Admiral in 1999 after 35 years service and not long afterwards assumed leadership of The Washington Council on International Trade where he worked for the next seven years. He also lectures at the University of Washington's Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance where he earned his MPA in 1978. An engineer and economist, Bill is also a specialist in security policy and strategic planning.  He was General Colin Powell's deputy director for international negotiations and served in the same role for General John Shalikashvili. A 1968 graduate of the Naval Academy, during his career he commanded three ships and served three years as chief engineer aboard USS Midway. In his final assignment, from May 1996 to May 1999, he commanded Navy Region Northwest. Since retiring from the Navy he has devoted himself to nonprofit leadership, education and volunteer work.