Board of Regents

Current Board Members

William S. Ayer

William S. Ayer

Retired Chairman and CEO, Alaska Air Group

  • Appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire
  • Confirmed by Senate on March 7, 2012
  • Term: January 17, 2012 to September 30, 2016

Biography

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Joel Benoliel

Retired Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Costco Wholesale Corporation

  • Appointed by Governor Jay Inslee
  • Awaiting Senate confirmation
  • Term: January 5, 2016 to September 30, 2021

Biography

Kristianne Blake

Kristianne Blake

President, Kristianne Gates Blake, P.S.

  • Appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire
  • Confirmed by Senate on February 2, 2007
  • Term: October 1, 2006 to September 30, 2012
  • Reappointed by Governor Christine Gregoire
  • Confirmed by Senate on April 26, 2013
  • Term: October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2018

Biography

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Joanne R. Harrell

Senior Director for US Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft Corporation – US

  • Appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire
  • Confirmed by Senate on February 13, 2010
  • Term: October 16, 2009 to September 30, 2015
  • Reappointed by Governor Jay Inslee
  • Term: October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2021

Biography

Jeremy Jaech

Jeremy Jaech, Board Vice Chair 2016-17

Managing Partner, Harmony Meadows, LLC

  • Appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire
  • Confirmed by Senate on April 15, 2013
  • Term: October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2018

Biography

Vanessa Kritzer Student Regent

Vanessa Kritzer

UW Dual Master of Public Administration at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, and Master of Business Administration at Foster School of Business student

  • Appointed by Governor Jay Inslee
  • Awaiting Senate confirmation
  • Term: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016

Biography

Constance W. Rice

Constance W. Rice

Senior Executive Fellow for Casey Family Programs

  • Appointed by Governor Jay Inslee
  • Term: July 22, 2013 to September 30, 2013
  • Reappointed by Governor Jay Inslee
  • Confirmed by Senate on March 6, 2014
  • Term: October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2019

Biography

Rogelio Riojas

Rogelio Riojas

President and CEO of Sea Mar Community Health Centers

  • Appointed by Governor Jay Inslee
  • Confirmed by Senate on March 6, 2014
  • Term: October 1, 2013 to September, 30 2019

Biography

Patrick M. (Pat) Shanahan

Patrick (Pat) Shanahan, Board Chair 2016-17

Sr. Vice President, Supply Chain & Operations, Boeing

  • Appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire
  • Confirmed by Senate on March 7, 2012
  • Term: January 17, 2012 to September 30, 2016

Biography

Herb Simon

Herb Simon

  • Appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire
  • Confirmed by Senate on March 7, 2006
  • Term: October 25, 2005 to September 30, 2011
  • Reappointed by Governor Christine Gregoire
  • Confirmed by Senate on February 27, 2012
  • Term: October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2017

Biography