Dr. Debra Friedman was appointed Chancellor of UW Tacoma July 1, 2011. She died peacefully surrounded by family on January 26, 2014 at age 58 from lung cancer.
Innovations during her tenure as Chancellor included partnering with Joint Base Lewis-McCord to develop an entrepreneurial program and a cyber security graduate degree focused on veterans. She advanced social justice by expanding access to higher education and promoting a college-going culture across the city of Tacoma. Her leadership inspired low-income students, students of color, and first generation students to choose UWT and to excel in demanding programs.
She will be missed.