Lee Huntsman, Ph.D.
Chairman, Stratos Genomics Inc
President Emeritus, University of Washington
In July 2005, Lee Huntsman was selected by Washington Governor Christine Gregoire as the executive director of the Life Sciences Discovery Fund Authority, a public-private partnership intended to give life sciences research in the state a major boost. Previously, Dr. Huntsman was President of the University of Washington and after a distinguished service in academic leadership spanning more than two decades; the Board of Regents named Lee President Emeritus in July 2004. Huntsman became Acting Provost of the University of Washington in 1996 and Provost in 1997. As the University's chief academic and budgetary officer, he provided leadership in long-range strategic planning, formulation and allocation of capital and operating budgets, educational and curriculum development, management of the University's research programs, academic and administrative personnel matters, and allocation of space. Huntsman also served as associate dean for scientific affairs in the UW School of Medicine from 1993 to 1996, a role in which he provided broad scientific and graduate education leadership. His duties included participation in executive decision making during a time when the School was confronting a variety of competitive pressures both in research and clinical practice. Throughout the years in Bioengineering and Medicine he maintained an active research program focused on the application of engineering principles to biology and medicine. His laboratory received continuous NIH funding. In 1980 he became Director of Bioengineering, a position he held for 16 years. During that time, the Center experienced remarkable growth in size, quality, and reputation. Today Bioengineering is a department and considered one of the strongest academic bioengineering units in the world. He joined the University of Washington as a research assistant professor in the Center for Bioengineering in 1968. Trained in electrical engineering at Stanford University, Huntsman earned a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He continues to provide leadership in a variety of scientific and policy initiatives underway at the University and in the State of Washington. He also currently serves as a member of the Committee on Enhancing the Master's Degree in the Natural Sciences for the National Academies. Huntsman is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.