Board of Regents

David Zeeck

Regent David Zeeck

Zeeck is the retired president and publisher of The (Tacoma)​ News Tribune, The Olympian and The Bellingham Herald media companies.

Before being named publisher, he served as the executive editor at ​The News Tribune for 14 years. Zeeck served 20 years at The Kansas City Star as an editor and reporter.

Zee​ck is a member of the executive committee of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County, and president of Allied Daily Newspapers of Washington. He is a member of Washington’s state “Sunshine Committee,” which advises the state legislature on exemptions to the Public Records Act. He is a former president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association.

Zeeck received an MBA from Rockhurst ​University in Kansas City and a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri.

He is Chair of the Board of Regents for 2022-23.

  • Appointed by Governor Jay Inslee from January 29, 2018 to September 30, 2023
  • Confirmed by Senate on April 11, 2019
  • Reappointed by Governor Jay Inslee from October 2, 2023 to September 30, 2029