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Alums Rice, Riojas Appointed to UW Board of Regents

Rogelio RiojasUniversity of Washington alumni Constance Rice and Rogelio Riojas (pictured) were appointed to the UW Board of Regents, Gov. Jay Inslee announced July 19.

Rice, ’70, ’74, is the managing director for Knowledge Management for Casey Family Programs and previously served as vice chancellor and senior chancellor of Seattle Community College. She holds a graduate degree from the Evans School of Public Affairs and was the first African American woman to receive a Ph.D. from the UW College of Education, Department of Higher Education. In 2000, she and husband Norman were recipients of the UW Multicultural Alumni Partnership’s Dr. Samuel E. Kelly Award. Rice fills the seat formerly held by Sally Jewell, ’78, who left to become U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

eNews Fall 2013Riojas, ’73, ’75, ’77, was recently honored as the 2013 recipient of the Charles. E. Odegaard Award, regarded as the highest achievement in diversity at the UW. He is founder, president and chief executive officer for Sea Mar Community Health Centers, a comprehensive health and human services organization that serves 12 counties and over 140,000 individuals per year in Washington state. Riojas graduated from UW with degrees in political science and economics, and a master’s degree in health administration. He will succeed Craig Cole on Oct. 1.

Read the Governor’s announcement and UW President Michael K. Young’s statement on the new appointees.