University of Washington

Posted on Dec 10, 2018

The World 100 Representative

Mary Gresch – Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

Mary Gresch’s career in marketing and communications spans more than 26 years in higher education. Mary specialises in utilising brand marketing and communications to develop philanthropic cultures in higher education. She has led and consulted on a range of topics in communications by leadership and management, including market research and message development; institutional brand marketing; fund-raising communications and campaign planning; organisational and staff development; creative strategy and execution in all media; media relations; and budget management.
As the lead communication executive for the university, Mary oversees the development of the UW’s integrated brand strategy and the development and implementation of the university’s marketing and communications program.

 

Ranked No. 2 among U.S. public institutions and No. 10 globally in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities rankings

 

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Educates 57,000+ students a year

 

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7 UW faculty members have won Nobel prizes

 

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74% of UW undergraduates are from Washington state

 

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30% of undergraduates from Washington state have their tuition and fees covered, thanks to the Husky Promise

 

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About the University of Washington

Located a few miles from downtown, the UW’s historic campus in Seattle marks its 127th anniversary this year. But the UW reaches far beyond Seattle, with campuses in Bothell and Tacoma; educational and research facilities in Bellevue, Spokane and Friday Harbor; and programs and partnerships around the globe.

At the University of Washington, we believe that what you care about can change the world. We educate a diverse student body to become responsible global citizens and future leaders through a challenging environment informed by cutting-edge scholarship. Discovery is at the heart of our university. We discover timely solutions to the world’s most complex problems and enrich the lives of people throughout our community, the state of Washington, the nation and the world.

With a top-ranked medical school, hospitals and clinics that have more than 1.6 million patient visits per year, nearly 300 specialized research centers and Pac-12 athletics, the UW provides boundless opportunities for students while making a profound difference for people in our region, our state and the world.

International partnerships

In an increasingly connected world, collaboration is the key to the future.

Through a network of programs and partnerships in more than 130 countries, the University of Washington is working to effect change on a global scale. The UW is a founding partner of the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), along with China’s Tsinghua University and Microsoft. Announced in 2015, GIX is a partnership between major research universities and innovative corporations to develop leaders in innovation.

The UW has 17 international alumni chapters across five continents, serving more than 17,000 UW alumni and friends. And through more than 85 faculty-led study abroad programs to 55 countries — including at UW centers in Rome and Léon, Spain — helping its students become global citizens.

Research with global impact

As one of the world’s leading public research universities, the UW is committed to finding solutions that improve lives and communities. Its students, faculty, staff and alumni are working to ensure a better future for all, from developing medical breakthroughs to championing human rights. Together, Huskies are driving innovation and creating healthier communities, united by a goal of changing the world for the better.

Significant discoveries

  • Birthplace of dialysis: In 1960, Dr. Belding H. Scribner and his team at the UW modified glass dialysis shunts by making them from Teflon. With the creation of the Scribner Shunt, ongoing dialysis treatment became a reality.
  • Pioneering the vaccine for Hepatitis B: Biology professor Benjamin Hall discovered a method for using yeast to produce engineered proteins. He and researcher Gustav Ammerer used that method to develop a vaccine for Hepatitis B. It was the world’s first genetically engineered vaccine against a human disease.
  • First human brain-to-brain interface: UW researchers Rajesh Rao and Andrea Stocco performed the first noninvasive human brain-to-brain interface, allowing a researcher to send a brain signal via the internet to control the hand motions of a fellow researcher.
  • Discovery of the ocean's deepest fish: UW postdoctoral researcher Mackenzie Gerringer was part of an international team that uncovered a new species of fish, dubbed the Mariana snailfish. The Mariana snailfish is the deepest fish that’s been collected from the ocean floor.