Innovating at the cross section of academia and industry, Northeastern University is launching a graduate campus in Seattle — the second in a series of graduate campuses that strategically align the university’s educational and research strengths with the needs of regional economies nationwide.
Prominent attorney and civic leader Tayloe Washburn has left the Foster Pepper law firm to head a new Seattle branch of Boston’s Northeastern University.
Northeastern plans to offer graduate classes in Seattle later this year in engineering, energy systems, computer science and other fields — with a mission to pump out talent to feed the region’s cutting-edge industries.
Northeastern received license approval this week from the Washington state Higher Education Coordinating Board to become the state’s first private research university.
Northeastern University is continuing to push forward with its graduate school in Seattle, announcing today that it plans to open this fall. The Boston-based university, which opened a similar branch in Charlotte, North Carolina last year, also tapped Seattle attorney Tayloe Washburn as CEO and dean of the new campus.
Washburn most recently served as senior adviser to Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire on the successful effort to secure the Boeing 737 MAX production in the state. Before that, the University of Washington grad served as managing partner with the Seattle law firm of Foster Pepper.
Northeastern announced its plans to open in Seattle last fall, saying at the time that it picked the region because of its strong technology community.