The Board of Regents consists of 10 members, one of whom is a student. All Regents are appointed by the Governor of the State of Washington, with the consent of the state senate, and except for the student member, hold their offices for terms of six years. The student member serves a one-year term from July 1 through June 30. The Student Regent position was created by Substitute Senate Bill 5517, passed by the 55th Legislature at the 1998 Regular Session, amending RCW 28B.20.100.
Theodor P. Baseler
Office: Past Chair of the Board
Term Expires: September 30, 2014
Ted Baseler was reappointed to the Board of Regents in 2009. He has been a leader in the Washington wine industry for 25 years, and continues to help build one of the top wine producing regions in the world. He is president and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, which is among the 10 largest wine companies in the United States. Regent Baseler has served as the chairman of the Washington Wine Commission, chairman of the Napa-based Wine Market Council, and director of the Washington Wine Institute. He has served on the Washington Business Roundtable and the boards of Children's Hospital and Patrons of Northwest Arts. He is also a strong advocate for WSU. He previously served on the Board of Regents for a short term after serving on the Board of Trustees for 10 years.
He has been recognized with the Alumni Achievement Award and the WSU Foundation Outstanding Service Award. He led the efforts to develop a world class Enology and Viticulture program at WSU, working with the State Legislature for funding. He has also been the driving force behind Chateau Ste. Michelle events that have raised more than $2 million for diversity scholarships. Regent Baseler graduated with a BA from Washington State University and an MS from Northwestern University. His wife JoAnne and many family members are also graduates of WSU.
Scott E. Carson
Office: Chair of the Board
Hometown: Federal Way
Term Expires: September 30, 2013
Scott Carson was appointed to the Board of Regents in September 2007. He retired as the executive vice president of The Boeing Company and former president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Named as a leader of BCA in September 2006, he had responsibility for all of the company's commercial airplanes programs and related services, which in 2008 generated revenues of more than $28.2 billion. Regent Carson is currently leading the Washington State University Foundation Campaign and Chaired the United Way campaign in King County in 2009–2010.
Regent Carson graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He later received a master's degree in the same discipline from the University of Washington. He also serves on the board of governors of the WSU Foundation; is past chair of the WSU College of Business and Economics national board of advisors; previously sat on the advisory board for the College of Engineering and Architecture. He also served on the advisory panel for the University of Washington Executive MBA program and, in April 2002, received the Business Leadership award from the program. In January 2004, he became a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Harold A. Cochran
Hometown: Walla Walla
Term Expires: September 30, 2015
Harold Cochran was appointed to the Board of Regents in February 2007. He and his wife Valerie along with their son Eric and his wife Melissa farm 5500 acres near Walla Walla. He was a founding stockholder in Bank of the West, Walla Walla, and later served 13 years on the Board of Directors until the bank was bought by American West Bank. Mr. Cochran is a member of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers and the Walla Walla County Wheat Growers, where he chaired the national legislation committee. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Grain Growers and the Center for Management Development at Walla Walla Community College.
He was also president of the Walla Walla County Crop Improvement Association. Mr. Cochran also currently serves on the Walla Walla High School Agriculture Advisory Committee, where he was a volunteer coach for the FFA Agriculture Issues Team and a judge at the State FFA Convention. Mr. Cochran received his bachelor's degree in accounting and his master of education from Gonzaga University.
Term Expires: September 30, 2017
Ryan Durkan was appointed to the Board of Regents in December of 2011. She is an attorney with Hills Clark Martin & Peterson and specializes in real estate, land use and environmental law. In addition to her involvement with some of the state's most complex land use projects, Regent Durkan has actively participated in educational issues, serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees at both Seattle Preparatory School and Villa Academy in Seattle. Regent Durkan also served on the WSU Foundation Board of Trustees.
Regent Durkan was appointed by Governors Locke and Lowry to chair the state's Land Use Study Commission during the period of 1995 to 1998. She is also a past chair of the Washington State Bar Association's Environmental and Land Use Law Section. Regent Durkan has been recognized for over ten years as a "super lawyer" by Washington Law and Politics, and is repeatedly listed in the Best Lawyers in America. She is a frequent speaker on land use, real estate and environmental issues. In her private practice she represents both public and private companies in various legal matters. Regent Durkan has worked on a number of the region's most challenging projects including the State Convention Center, Union Station, Pioneer Square's North Lot development, Bellevue's review of the East Link Rail, and Bellingham's Central Waterfront Plan.
Regent Durkan is a 1978 graudate of WSU where she was a Phi Beta Kappa, and obtained her law degree from the University of Washington in 1981, where she served on the editorial board of the Washington Law Review and was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif honor society. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and engaging in their favorite golfing, boating and traveling activities. Ms. Durkan and her husband, mediator Charles Burdell, make their home in Seattle.
Francois X. Forgette
Term Expires: September 30, 2013
Francois X. Forgette was appointed to the Board of Regents in May of 2005. He is a Past-Chairman of the WSU Board of Regents. He is a partner with the Tri-City law firm of Rettig Osborne Forgette, LLP, which he joined in 1977. His full-time practice includes business, real estate, agriculture, banking and estate planning, and related mediation, arbitration and civil litigation. Regent Forgette also currently serves as a present member and past chairman of the TRIDEC Board of Directors and Executive Committee. TRIDEC is the economic development entity for the Greater Tri-City Area in Benton and Franklin Counties. He is also a past President of both the Tri-City Chamber of Commerce and the Tri-Cities Cancer Center.
Regent Forgette has also been actively involved in Tri-City education causes. He was named Tri-Citian of the Year in 2001 for his community service. He received the first Proud to be a Lawyer "Hero Award" from the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) in 2000 and the WSBA Board of Governors annual Award for Professionalism in 2001. He was named Kennewick Man of the Year for 2001. Regent Forgette graduated from Seattle Preparatory School in 1970 and the University of Washington in 1974 with a B.A. in English Literature. He then attended Gonzaga Law School in Spokane where he graduated with honors in 1977. He and his wife Debbie live in Kennewick and have two sons, Joseph and Patrick.
Laura M. Jennings
Term Expires: September 30, 2015
Laura Jennings was appointed to the Board of Regents in July of 2005. She currently consults for start-up companies in the Seattle area. Regent Jennings spent 12 years as an executive at Microsoft Corporation, serving as Vice President of Worldwide Strategic Planning, Vice President of MSN and in various other capacities. After leaving Microsoft, she spent 3 years as a Senior Partner with leading international venture capital firm Atlas Venture, where she supervised investments in software start-up companies across their Seattle and Palo Alto offices.
Regent Jennings currently serves on the boards of Laird Norton Tyee, SimplyFun LLC, Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle and the YWCA of Seattle King County and Snohomish County. She received a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Illinois in 1983 and a master's degree in management from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University in 1988.
Constance M. Niva
Office: Vice Chair of the Board
Term Expires: September 30, 2014
Connie Niva was appointed to the Board of Regents in June of 2003. Regent Niva just retired from the Port of Everett Commission and served two terms on the Washington State Transportation Commission. She is a founding member of the Board of the Center for Women and Democracy and was a member of the Everett City Council from 1986–1990. Regent Niva worked many years in a variety of capacities as a microbiologist at the University of Washington Medical School and the University of Maryland, and taught microbiology to Arab staff at St. John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem. She also taught "Issues in Local Government" as a visiting professor for Seattle University's public administration program.
Regent Niva graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor's degree in bacteriology in 1962 and received a master's degree in public administration from Seattle University in 1992. She was awarded the Everett Area Chamber of Commerce Henry M. Jackson Citizen of the Year Award in 2003 and the United Way of Snohomish County Women Leading the Way Leadership Award in 2002. Regent Niva has four children and is married to Jud Marquardt of LMN Architects.
Rafael B. Pruneda
Office: Member (Student Regent)
Term Expires: June 30, 2013
Rafael Pruneda was appointed to the Board of Regents August 2, 2012. He has a bachelor's degree in HIstory and is currently working on a second degree in Comparative Ethnic Studies with minors in English and Global Studies. He hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Higher Education Administration.
Rafael has been actively involved in student government. His experience included being the Co-Chair of the Chicana/o Latina/o Student Alliance, President of the first Aztec based brotherhood in the Northwest, ASWSU Senator, ASWSU Election Board Chair, and ASWSU Assistant-Director of Multicultural Affairs. He has also been awarded the prestigious WSU President's award twice. Rafael was born and raised in Othello, WA, He has two sisters that are also WSU graduates. Spanish is his second language. He is also a Water Safety Instructor Trainer.
Term Expires: September 30, 2017
Ron Sims was appointed to the Board of Regents in December of 2011. Prior to that, he served as deputy secretary of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development, February 2009–June 2011. As the second most senior official, he managed day-to-day operations, including a nearly $40 billion annual operating budget and 8,500 employees. Prior to joining HUD, Regent Sims served as King County Executive.
As King County Executive, he became nationally recognized for his work on transportation, homelessness, climate change and environmental protection, public health care policies and reform, urban development, land use, affordable housing and equity and social justice issues.
Regent Sims was named Leader of the Year by American City and County Magazine in July, 2008 and was recognized as one of the Governing Magazine's Government Officials of the Year in 2007. He has been honored with national awards from the Sierra Club, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Committee for Quality Assurance. He joined Senator Edward Kennedy and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as recipients of the 2008 Health Quality Award from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Regent Sims received his undergraduate degree from Central Washington University.
Michael C. Worthy
Term Expires: September 30, 2018
Mike Worthy was appointed to the Board of Regents in October 2006. He is co-founder and Managing Partner of WW Payment Systems, a financial services company focused on the commercial trucking industry. The company is headquartered in Vancouver Washington. Until his appointment as a Regent, Mr. Worthy served on the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board and was chair of the Board's fiscal committee. Included in his past service to WSU were terms on the Chancellor's Advisory Council for Washington State University Vancouver and the Washington State University Foundation.
Worthy is a life member and past president of the WSU Alumni Association. He has also served on the boards of the chambers of commerce in Vancouver, Tacoma, Greater Seattle and the University District in Seattle. He was awarded the WSU Alumni Achievement Award in 2002 and the Foundation's Outstanding Service Award in 1996. Mr. Worthy received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Economics from WSU.