Phyllis Wise, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Washington
Phyllis M. Wise became Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Washington,
on August 1, 2005. As the UniversityÕs chief academic and budgetary officer, the Provost and Vice
President for Academic Affairs provides leadership in educational and curriculum development,
formulation and allocation of budget and space, long-range strategic planning, and management of the
UniversityÕs research programs, and serves as deputy to the President and provides advice and
assistance to him and to the Deans and the faculty in these matters.
Wise, who is a distinguished professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Biology, and Obstetrics and
Gynecology at the University of Washington, previously served as dean of the College of Biological
Sciences at the University of California at Davis, from 2002 to 2005. Prior to that, she was professor
and chair of the Department of Physiology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington from 1993 to
2002. Wise was a faculty member at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, from 1976 to 1993,
promoting through the ranks to full professor of physiology in 1987.
She holds a bachelor's degree (1967) from Swarthmore College in biology and a doctorate (1972)
degree in zoology from the University of Michigan.