Bill proposes to add UW faculty member to board of regents

"The UW board of regents could soon set aside one of its 10 seats for a faculty member, according to a bill introduced in the Washington state House of Representatives.

House Bill 2546, which was introduced Jan. 14 by Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle, went through its first public hearing in the House Committee on Higher Education on Wednesday. 

The bill is backed by UW Faculty Forward, the faculty union campaign in partnership with Service Employees International Union. According to the organization, the bill has the popular support of faculty.

UW Faculty Forward conducted a survey in September 2015 of faculty opinion on whether they should receive a governing seat on the board of regents. Of the 600 questioned, 86 percent of respondents said faculty should have a reserved position on the board."

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