I FEEL AS IF I’ve now come full circle. Twenty-three years ago, I had the opportunity to serve as UW Student Body President. Today, I am beginning my year as president of the UW Alumni Association. As a new dad, I had my reservations. Two-year-old Jack and four-year-old Mabel keep my hands full, along with a day job at Microsoft. However, like many of you, this place gets in your blood, and it’s been an honor to show these two future, hopeful Huskies the institution we all love.
I am thrilled to be serving our 50,000 member-plus association in this particular year. Not only do we celebrate the opening of a beautiful new Husky Stadium, but UWAA is on the eve of marking its 125th anniversary in 2014. It is a historic milestone for this proud organization that ranks with the nation’s best.
My whole life has been intertwined with the University. As a Puyallup kid, the UW was always in view. As ASUW president, I would put my desk in Red Square to convene a “summit” with then UW President William Gerberding. We later hosted one of the last Parents’ Weekends on campus. It was my goal to showcase a young comedian I’d seen in a local comedy club. I recall receiving much criticism for using student funds for such a no-name comedian. The Daily even previewed the show with the headline: “Jerry who?” I did feel some sense of relief as Seinfeld went on to start his television show.
After graduation, it was an alumnus that led to my first job. Rep. Norm Dicks, ’63, gave me the chance to work in his Congressional office, before working for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. After 10 years in our nation’s capital, I came home to work for Microsoft, where I have spent the last 14 years, today serving as the Director of Corporate Affairs. I still recall those days in Washington, D.C. and the strong Husky spirit I felt from 3,000 miles away, helping to lead UWAA salmon barbecues and football viewing parties. That spirit is infectious, no matter your proximity from Montlake.
I’m so proud to represent this kind of organization that does so much good for our community, our state, our world. Your alumni association has never been in a better spot to support our beloved University and give our students the opportunities you and I got to enjoy in years past.
Mike Egan, ’90
UWAA President, 2013-2014