Dr. Isiaah Crawford is a distinguished scholar, teacher, and college administrator and has served as president of University of Puget Sound since 2016. Crawford's academic work and achievements as a senior administrator are closely aligned with the values and aspirations of Puget Sound and with the key areas of challenge and opportunity facing higher education today. At the university, he has engaged the campus community in the creation of Leadership for a Changing World, a multi-year strategic plan designed to challenge and support students as they become broadly and deeply educated lifelong learners, prepared to create and serve the future and become the world’s next generation of visionary leaders. Since joining Puget Sound, Crawford has promoted curricular innovation, which has led to the development of an array of new degree programs; increased access for all students to high-impact learning experiences such as internships, mentored research, community-based projects, and study abroad; expanded community engagement to include offering a bachelor of arts degree to the residents of the Washington Corrections Center for Women; established the Center for Effective Speech and Advocacy and The Faculty Development Center; and created a vice president for institutional equity and diversity position to support the university’s commitment to becoming a fully inclusive and welcoming community.
Crawford came to Puget Sound following service as provost and chief academic officer of Seattle University from 2008-2016, where he directed the Division of Academic Affairs and oversaw the university's schools and colleges, libraries, enrollment, information technology, institutional research, and offices supporting student academic achievement, faculty affairs, and global engagement. Prior to Seattle University, Crawford was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University Chicago, where he joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology in 1987 as an assistant professor and through the years was tenured and promoted to the rank of professor.
Crawford earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University and master and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. His program of research has focused on health promotion, human sexuality, and training mental health professionals. His academic and scholarly work has been recognized with a number of national awards, including three from the American Psychological Association.
He serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, American Council on Education, Independent Colleges of Washington, and the Northwest Conference, as well as the Tacoma Art Museum, Executive Council for a Greater Tacoma, Seattle Symphony, Providence St. Joseph Health, and Providence Health Plan. In recognition of his civic and community service, in 2018, the Puget Sound Business Journal honored him as its Nonprofit Director of the Year.