What A Board Of Regents Appointee Should Represent

Governor Inslee is scheduled to appoint two Regents to the University of Washington board at the beginning of the academic year. The UW AAUP chapter has partnered with the Faculty Forward campaign to ask the Governor to appoint Regents who fully support the interests of the University.

To that end, the UW Faculty Forward Organizing Committee is asking for your assistance in describing the qualities desirable for University of Washington Regents.

Governor Inslee is scheduled to appoint two Regents to the University of Washington board at the beginning of the academic year. The UW AAUP chapter has partnered with the Faculty Forward campaign to ask the Governor to appoint Regents who fully support the interests of the University.

To that end, the UW Faculty Forward Organizing Committee is asking for your assistance in describing the qualities desirable for University of Washington Regents. Click here to fill out our survey.

Our concern is that Regents with close corporate ties have interests not in alignment with the UW. Corporate interests to hold down their corporate taxes are in conflict with the UW mission to providing high quality, accessible education, community service, and research. The two Regents whose terms are set to expire are Joanne Harrell, Senior Director at Microsoft, and Orin Smith, former President and Chief Operating Officer at Starbucks.

The Governor could name new appointees or simply reappoint the two members.

All the appointments to the UW’s Board of Regents by Governor Gregoire have close connections with corporations (Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks, Alaska Airlines, and others). Many of these corporations are on record opposing progressive tax reform that could restore state funding for higher education.

As president of the UW’s AAUP chapter, I represent a group of faculty who strongly believe the process for appointing the UW Regents must be open and inclusive.

Please complete our Regents appointee survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/uw-regent-appointments

If you have any individual candidates in mind, you can also list them in the survey.

All UW photographs by Curtis Cronn and subject to CC-licenses as indicated on Flickr

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