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UW Today
March 28, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will be the University of Washington’s commencement speaker in ceremonies June 9 at CenturyLink Field.

As EPA head, Jackson leads the Obama administration’s efforts to protect the nation’s environment. She leads a staff of more than 18,000 who address health threats from pollution and work to promote a greener economy.

Since being appointed, Jackson was named one of Newsweek’s “Most Important People in 2010.” She also appeared on Time magazine’s 2010 and 2011 lists of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

“We are delighted to welcome Ms. Jackson to the university to help us celebrate this pivotal moment in the lives of our students,” said UW President Michael K. Young.  “To have the EPA Administrator speak at the ceremony in a year when the UW was named the ‘greenest’ school in the nation by Sierra Club Magazine, and a year in which we received from the Department of Agriculture a $40 million grant to develop biofuels,  puts a wonderful exclamation point on the work we are doing.  Our entire university looks forward to welcoming her on this special day in the lives of our students and their families.”