Office: Chair of the Board of Regents
Term Expires: September 30, 2023
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.