State Relations

July 19, 2013

Governor Inslee appoints new UW Regents

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the appointments of Constance Rice and Rogelio Riojas to the University of Washington Board of Regents.

From the Governor’s statement announcing the appointments:

“Constance and Rogelio are well-suited to the UW Board of Regents. They bring important life and professional experiences that will guide the UW’s vision and work as one of our nation’s premier research institutions while ensuring that quality higher education opportunities are available to meet growing numbers of students,” Inslee said.

Rice is the former vice chancellor and senior chancellor of Seattle Community College and currently is the managing director for Knowledge Management for Casey Family Programs.

“I am honored to be appointed by Governor Inslee,” said Rice. “The University of Washington is one of the finest institutions in the world. As an alum I am proud of being associated with the superior administration staff, students and faculty. The University of Washington represents a strong engine of progress and innovation for our state and nation.”

Riojas is President and CEO of Sea Mar Community Health Centers. He has led Sea Mar since its inception in 1978, growing it from a single Seattle clinic to a comprehensive health and human services organization in 10 Washington counties.

“I am honored and humbled by the Governor’s appointment. I am looking forward to working with the other Regents and I plan to work very hard to help the UW with its mission to educate our students,” Riojas said.

In a statement to campus, President Michael K. Young said:

“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.”

Earlier this week, Governor Inslee selected Kiana Scott as the 2013-2014 student regent.

The Daily has more on Scott’s appointment:

Scott, who will replace previous student regent Christopher Jordan, is only the second doctoral candidate to be selected as the student regent since 2000. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in political communication. She also works as a graduate teaching assistant in the communications department.

“UW students who serve as board members provide the Board of Regents with important information and perspective,” 2012-2013 board chair Joanne Harrell said in a statement. “We know that Kiana will help in our deliberations in the coming year.”