Tom Stritikus announced that he is resigning his position as the Dean of the UW College of Education to accept a position with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Here is his message to COE students and staff:
I am writing to inform you that I will step down from the Deanship of the College of Education in early September. I’ve shared this news with Provost Cauce who is working on a transition plan for the leadership of the College. I leave knowing that whoever leads the College into the future will find an incredible organization in great shape, poised to make even further impact in improving teaching and learning in our nation.
The past four years have provided some of the best moments of my professional career. Especially rewarding is watching the growth of our students during their time here. You will shape the future of education in our state and country, and there is nothing as gratifying as watching our graduates take what they have learned and improve the lives of young people.
On September 15, I will begin work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a Deputy Director on the College Ready Team. My work there will follow a similar path to much of what is happening at the College--supporting innovation and improving classroom learning, next generation technology, and professional development and teacher training.
Your passion for making outstanding education a daily reality for children has meant the world to me. Our communities need your passion, and it has been an honor to serve as your dean.
All the best,
Professor and Dean
College of Education