I am pleased to inform you that Gov. Jay Inslee today announced two new appointments to the University of Washington Board of Regents. Read the governor’s press release.
Constance Rice has been appointed to fulfill the remaining term of former Regent Sally Jewell who resigned this past spring to become Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, and will then be appointed to a new six-year term effective Oct. 1. Dr. Rice currently serves as managing director for Knowledge Management for Casey Family Programs, the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on foster care and improving the child welfare system. She holds a graduate degree from the UW Evans School of Public Affairs and a doctor of philosophy from the UW College of Education.
Rogelio Riojas will be appointed to a six-year term effective Oct. 1 to succeed Regent Craig Cole whose term expires Sept. 30. Mr. Riojas is president and chief executive officer for Sea Mar Community Health Centers and was recently honored as the 2013 recipient of the Charles E. Odegaard Award – a community and university selected award regarded as the highest achievement in diversity at the UW. Mr. Riojas graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics and a master’s degree in health administration.
I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with these two outstanding alumni who are so passionate about improving higher education opportunities for the citizens of the state of Washington. I would also like to thank former Regent Jewell and Regent Cole for their extraordinary service as University of Washington Regents. This institution is much stronger today because of their dedicated work and leadership.
Please join me in welcoming Constance Rice and Rogelio Riojas to Board of Regents and thanking former Regent Jewell and Regent Cole for their committed service to the university.
Michael K. Young