Jerry Baldasty was named provost of the University of Washington by its president, Ana Mari Cauce.

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Jerry Baldasty, a longtime professor of communication at the University of Washington, has been named provost of the university — a job he’s been doing for the past 14 months on an interim basis.

The appointment is subject to approval by the UW Board of Regents, and it is for a three-year term. He was also named executive vice president of the UW.

Baldasty has been a faculty member since 1978. He won a distinguished teaching award in 2000, and he served as chair of the Department of Communication from 2002 to 2008. He then became dean and vice provost of the UW Graduate School.

He was named interim provost after the previous holder of that position, Ana Mari Cauce, was named interim president of the university. This fall, Cauce won the job permanently. In appointing Baldasty to her old role, she praised his “excellence as a scholar and a teacher, as well as a seasoned administrative leader.”

The provost is considered second in command of the university and oversees its budget and academic work.

Baldasty is a native of Spokane and received his bachelor’s degree in communications from the UW in 1972, his master’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974, and his doctorate from the UW in 1978. He is the author of three books on journalism, and his academic research has focused on media in the context of politics, business, gender, race and ethnicity.

Baldasty’s salary will be $414,288 a year.