Gov. Jay Inslee will soon select or reappoint two regents to occupy the seats of board of regents’ whose terms have expired. While those appointments lay in temporary limbo, the UW faculty weighed in on what they think a regent should prioritize.
By Kelsey Hamlin
“The UW’s American Association of University Professors (AAUP), and the UW Faculty Forward co-sponsored an online survey, distributed in August to all directory-listed faculty. The survey asked what faculty members would like to see in the regents.
The online questionnaire discovered 90 percent of more than 600 UW faculty respondents believe Inslee’s top priority when choosing regents should be based on their advocacy for public higher education funding.
Moreover, 86 percent of those respondents think a regent should have a record of integrity and civic virtue.
When it comes to the presidential search, 76 percent agreed regents need to be committed to an open and inclusive process. This desire may stem from issues that occurred in 2003 and 2004, when AAUP and ASUW asked for an open presidential search, and it was rejected.
Those issues resonate in the presidential search today. During one of four presidential search forums held at the end of last year, Estella Leopold, a professor emeritus of biology, said one of the most important things to know is whether the search will be open or closed, confidential or transparent. This remains undecided.”