Jerry Baldasty, a senior vice-provost at the University of Washington, has been appointed interim provost.

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Jerry Baldasty, a senior vice-provost at the University of Washington and a professor in the Department of Communication, will become interim provost of the university on March 3.

His appointment follows the news earlier this month that UW President Michael Young is leaving to take a job as president of Texas A&M University. The UW’s Board of Regents have appointed Provost Ana Mari Cauce to be interim president, leaving a vacancy in the second-in-command slot at the university. Young’s last day will be March 2, and Cauce will become president March 3.

The provost is the chief academic officer and budget officer of a university, and is chosen by the president. Baldasty’s appointment will require approval from the Board of Regents, although that is usually a formality.

Baldasty, 64, a native of Spokane and an alumnus of the UW, has worked for the university for more than 40 years. He has been chair of the Department of Communication, and vice provost and dean of the graduate school. Currently, he serves as senior vice provost for Academic and Student Affairs.

“One of Jerry’s best qualities is his true interest in faculty and staff input and his ability to incorporate ideas into action effectively,” Cauce wrote in a letter posted online about why Baldasty was chosen. “He is a candid communicator who exemplifies transparency, mutual respect and honesty — all critical values of a leader in resource-limited times.”

Baldasty’s salary will be $384,000.

Cauce said she will introduce Baldasty during a meeting at the UW Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in 220 Kane Hall and is open to all.  It also will be broadcast live on UWTV.