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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: Member
Hometown: Seattle
Term Expires: September 30, 2020

Theodor P. Baseler

Ted Baseler was reappointed to the Board of Regents in 2014. 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: Member
Hometown: Federal Way
Term Expires: September 30, 2019

Scott E. Carson

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

Office: Member
Hometown: Walla Walla
Term Expires: September 30, 2015

Harold A. Cochran

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.


Ryan Durkan

Office: Vice Chair of the Board
Hometown: Seattle
Term Expires: September 30, 2017

Ryan Durkan

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 graduate 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.


Laura M. Jennings

Office: Member
Hometown: Seattle
Term Expires: September 30, 2015

Laura M. Jennings

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 Company, Laird Norton Wealth Management, The YWCA of the USA 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.


Kevin Massimino

Office: Member (Student Regent)
Hometown: Kent
Term Expires: June 30, 2015

Kevin Massimino

Kevin Massimino was appointed to the Board of Regents July 1, 2014. Massimino graduated in May 2014 with a bachelor's degree in sport management with a minor in business administration. He currently is working on his master's degree in sport management from WSU.

A native of Kent, Wash., Massimino was elected ASWSU vice president with ASWSU President Tyler Hennessey in May 2013. During his tenure he helped to create the inaugural Pac-12 Leadership Summit featuring 10 Pac-12 schools and more than 50 student leaders. He also managed the #DearWSU social media campaign for campus improvements, which garnered approximately 75,000 impressions.

Prior to being elected as vice president, Massimino served as ASWSU Director of Student Life, where he implemented the "Cougs Give Back" holiday gift drive that resulted in 250 gifts for Pullman area children.


Donald K. Barbieri

Office: Member
Hometown: Spokane
Term Expires: September 30, 2020

Donald Barbieri

Don Barbieri was appointed to the Board of Regents in January 2015. Regent Barbieri is the founder and retired chairman of the board and director of Red Lion Hotels Corp, formerly known as WestCoast Hospitality Corporation and Cavanaughs Hospitality Corporation. Regent Barbieri served as a member of the Washington State Economic Development Board under three governors and as chair of the State of Washington’s Quality of Life Task Force. He is a past chair for the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce, past chair of Spokane United Way, served as president of the Spokane Chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association, was president of the Spokane Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, chaired Providence/Sacred Heart Medical Center in some of its strongest growth years, and currently serves on the steering committee of the Healthy Washington Coalition.

Regent Barbieri led the redevelopment of over one mile of the Spokane River including the historic Broadview Dairy, Red Lion Hotel at the Park, Red Lion River Inn and the upscale Riverpoint and Upper Falls condominium developments. Through his efforts, the historic downtown Spokane Crescent building was transformed from a closed shell building to a centerpiece of downtown Spokane’s revitalization. In other regional work, he developed over four miles of Priest Lake, Idaho, through a state-of-the-art planned unit development called Huckleberry at Priest Lake resulting in 90 percent dedicated open space and forest/wildlife restoration and conservation.

Since retirement his efforts have been concentrated on the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, A Charitable Foundation. The Foundation supports reducing poverty, expanding affordable housing, and fostering a more dynamic and powerful constituency throughout the Inland Northwest.


Lura J. Powell

Office: Member
Hometown: Richland
Term Expires: September 30, 2019

Lura J. Powell, Ph.D.

Lura J. Powell was appointed to the Board of Regents in March 2014. She was appointed to be the first chair of the Board of Trustees of the Washington State Life Sciences Discovery Fund Authority by Governor Christine Gregoire in 2006 and served in that position until June 30, 2013. In 2011, she was chair of the Washington State Redistricting Commission, which is formed once every ten years to redraw the state’s legislative and congressional district boundaries based on Census results.

Regent Powell is the former Director of the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and was a Senior Vice President of Battelle. Prior to her DOE service, she was Director of the Advanced Technology Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce, where she was responsible for selection and management of a high-risk technology investment portfolio that spanned the full range of technology sectors. She also chaired the Biotechnology Research Committee of the National Science and Technology Council, which coordinated biotechnology research across the federal government. Following her government service, she was President and CEO of Advanced Imaging Technologies, Inc.

Regent Powell is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Technology Alliance,  Avista Corporation and the Tri-Cities Washington Development Council (TRIDEC). She received a B.S. in Chemistry and Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Maryland and is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Ron Sims

Office: Member
Hometown: Seattle
Term Expires: September 30, 2017

Ron Sims

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

Office: Chair of the Board
Hometown: Vancouver
Term Expires: September 30, 2018

Michael C. Worthy

Mike Worthy was appointed to the Board of Regents in October 2006. He is co-founder, President and CEO of WW Payment Services, Inc., 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.