Kristin Esterberg, Ph.D.

Finance & Investment Committee

University of Washington, Bothell
Bothell, Washington

“I have long sought to provide professional development and leadership opportunities for women and those who are underrepresented in leadership positions in higher education. It is an honor to serve on the HERS board of directors and directly influence the next generation of leaders in higher education.”

Dr. Kristin G. Esterberg is UW Bothell’s fourth chancellor. She joined UW Bothell on October 1, 2021. Throughout her career, Esterberg has demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and focused her leadership efforts on developing inclusive campus communities and providing transformational experiences to all students, including faculty-led research, service learning, internships, and study abroad.

Prior to joining UW Bothell, Esterberg was president of the State University of New York at Potsdam, which is one of America’s first 50 colleges and the oldest institution in the State University of New York system.  She also previously served as provost and academic vice president at Salem State University in Massachusetts and as deputy provost at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her research has centered on gender and sexuality, social identities, research methodology and social organization and change. Esterberg earned her master’s degree and doctorate in sociology from Cornell University, and her bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science from Boston University.