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Office of Governor Gary Locke
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 18, 1997
Contact:  Governor's Communications Office, 360-902-4136

Locke announces selections for higher education posts

OLYMPIA - Gov. Gary Locke today announced appointments to the Higher Education Coordinating Board, the boards of regents for the University of Washington and Washington State University, and the boards of trustees for three regional public colleges and universities, and other educational institutions.

Locke said he was proud to appoint such a distinguished group of citizens to key leadership positions for the state's colleges and universities. "The people of our state need access to affordable, high quality education for lifelong learning," he said. "We should all appreciate the willingness of these leading citizens to dedicate their time and energy to one of the most vital tasks facing Washington - taking our higher education system into a new century of change and opportunity."

Locke appointed Bob Craves, of Redmond, to serve as chairman of the Higher Education Coordinating Board. Craves is a senior vice president at Costco Wholesale. He was a founder of Costco Wholesale in 1983, which grew from a single warehouse in Seattle to 291 stores worldwide with annual sales of $21 billion. Craves was instrumental in implementing Costco's successful volunteer summer reading program in Issaquah, where the company is headquartered. A graduate of Catholic University, he is active with the dropout prevention program Communities in Schools, and serves on the boards of Seattle University and the Archdiocese of Western Washington. Craves is also a regent for Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He replaces Richard Sonstelie, who resigned, and as chairman serves at the pleasure of the governor. The board is charged with making recommendations on higher education policies and plans, and administers state financial aid programs.

Ann Ramsay-Jenkins, of Seattle, was also named to a position on the Higher Education Coordinating Board. Ramsay-Jenkins, who has a background in health administration and has been a White House staff member under President Nixon and a Harvard University lecturer, was also director of the Office of Budgets at Harvard.

Ramsay-Jenkins currently serves on the boards of the University of Washington Medical Center, United Way of King County and a number of other civic, professional and community organizations. Ramsay-Jenkins, whose term expires June 30, 2001, replaces Frank "Buster" Brouillet.

Brouillet was transferred to a different position on the board and will serve until June 30, 1999, finishing the unexpired term of the late Vicki McNeill. Brouillet, of Puyallup, is a former four-term state superintendent of public instruction and president of Pierce College. He has been a professor at the University of Washington, the University of Puget Sound and St. Martin's College, and remains active in international programs through organizations such as the Washington State China Relations Council.

Locke named William Gates, a Seattle attorney and graduate of both the University of Washington and the UW Law School, to the University of Washington Board of Regents. Gates, a senior partner at Preston Gates and Ellis where he has practiced for over 30 years, is a recipient of the UW Law School's Distinguished Alumnus Award. He He is active on corporate boards of directors, professional organizations, and has been a leader with a wide variety of civic groups such as the Boy Scouts of America, United Way of King County, and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Gates is a World War II veteran, having served in the Philippines and Japan. He replaces Ann Daley, who resigned, and will serve a term expiring in September, 2000.

Also appointed to the UW's governing board was Constance Proctor, a Seattle attorney with the firm Alston, Courtnage, Proctor and Bassetti. She received her law degree from the University of Washington Law School. Proctor, a real estate law specialist listed in Best Lawyers in America, is a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and currently serves on the boards of Children's Hospital and Medical Center, the Seattle Symphony, and the University of Washington Law School Dean's Advisory Board. Proctor was a founder of the African American Heritage Endowment Fund, and served on the Public Disclosure Commission, a Governor's Task Force on Juvenile Justice, and received the Nordstrom Community Service Award. She replaces Jerome Farris, whose term expired, and will serve until September, 2003.

Locke filled two positions on the Washington State University Board of Regents. Robert Fukai, a vice president at Washington Water Power in Spokane, will bring accounting, finance and administrative experience to WSU based on 24 years with the company. Fukai, a WSU graduate, is a director on the Spokane School District's board, and a board member of the Washington Commission for National and Community Service. He is immediate past president of both the Spokane County United Way and the Spokane Physicians & Hospital Community Organization. Fukai's experience with WSU includes the WSU Foundation Board and WSU Spokane Advisory Council.

Also named to the WSU Board of Regents was William Marler, a Bainbridge Island attorney who represented the murder victims of Wesley Allan Dodd and Brianne Kiner in her $15.6 million E. coli settlement with Jack-in-the-Box. Marler, who practices with the firm Kargianis Watkins and Marler, earned three baccalaureate degrees from WSU and recently received the Distinguished Achievement Award from WSU's College of Liberal Arts, and is active with Bainbridge Youth Services, the Senior Services board, and the Children's Hospital Circle of Care. At 19 years of age, Marler became the youngest person ever elected to the Pullman City Council.

Marler, who replaces John Ellis, and Fukai, who replaces Scott Lukins, will both serve six-year terms expiring in September, 2003.

Locke named Leslie Jones, director of sales and service delivery for U S West Communications, to a position on the Central Washington University Board of Trustees. A Seattle resident, Jones has earned the U S West Catalyst Award for Outstanding Leadership through nearly 10-years service with the company. She has a business degree from City University as well as background and training in mediation and other skills. A participant in Leadership Tomorrow, she also received a Leadership Award in 1995. Jones replaces R.Y. Woodhouse, whose second six-year term has expired.

Judy Yu, of Seattle, co-president of AsiaNet, was appointed to the CWU board. Yu, who holds an engineering degree from Purdue University and a master's degree from Purdue's Graduate School of Management, specializes in marketing, particularly in Asia. Her clients include Anheuser-Busch, Walt Disney's World on Ice and Wells Fargo Bank. She formerly held a variety of positions with Eli Lilly, including as an international financial analyst, and founded a design firm called Graphics Plus for Investec Taiwan, Ltd. Yu's accomplishments include establishing an executive board for the Asian Management Business Association for the Seattle area. Her community service ranges from the Mental Health Association of Indianapolis to the site council for Blaine school in Seattle. Yu's term expires in September, 2002. She replaces Ron Dotzauer, who resigned.

Spokane accountant Gordon Budke was selected for the Eastern Washington University Board of Trustees. A graduate of EWU, Budke recently retired from a 34-year career which he finished as managing partner of the Spokane office of Coopers & Lybrand. A frequent speaker, moderator and instructor, Budke's wide-ranging community involvement includes EWU's Advisory Council for its College of Business. He was chairman of the Spokane Area Economic Development Council, president of MOMENTUM, and authored a column in the Journal of Business, focusing on the needs of small business. As the owner of a consulting firm, he now assists emerging entrepreneurial companies and other firms with general business needs. Budke, who replaces Al Brisbois, will serve a term expiring in September, 2003.

Locke named Mark Mays to the EWU board. Mays, a psychologist in Spokane, who also holds a law degree from Gonzaga University and graduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, has taught psychology over the years at numerous universities including EWU, UW, WSU and the University of Texas. A very active participant in professional organizations, Mays was president of the Washington State Psychological Association and earned that group's Distinguished Service Award. He has served the community in many capacities, including as president of the Spokane Community Mental Health Center, on the board of Excelsior Youth Center, and as chairman of the Spokane County Residential Treatment Task Force. Mays' term expires September 30, 1999. He replaces Jack Geraghty.

Also chosen for the EWU board was Lucy Isaki, a Seattle attorney with Bogle & Gates, where she specializes in resolving complex business disputes in areas such as securities' fraud, environmental issues and contract disputes. Isaki, a Seattle University and University of Puget Sound Law School graduate, has been active in many professional associations, including serving as president of the Seattle Chapter of Washington Women Lawyers. Her volunteer and civic commitments range from being a trustee at The University of Puget Sound to serving as treasurer for Mothers Against Violence in America. Isaki replaces Julian Torres, and will serve through September, 2003.

Locke selected Marilee Roloff of Spokane for the board at The Evergreen State College. Roloff is executive director of Volunteers of America of Spokane, and has worked in various capacities for the organization since 1985. Previous experience includes work for the Spokane Community Mental Health Center and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Wenatchee. A graduate of EWU, Roloff currently serves on the Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee and a local Community Health and Safety Network. She was on the Governor's Council for Youth, Families and Justice in 1994. Her many awards include the Outstanding Achievement Award from the YWCA, the Community Services Award from the Board of Realtors, and the Partner in Education Award. She replaces Lila Girvin, and will serve a term expiring in September, 2001.

Stanley Flemming, a University Place physician, was also appointed to the board at TESC. Flemming, who holds degrees from the UW, Pacific Lutheran University and a medical degree from Western University of Health Science in Pomona, California, is a member of the University Place City Council and a former state representative. His many awards for civic involvement include Physician of the Year, Outstanding Teaching Award, and Citizen of the Year from the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. Flemming served in the U.S. Army and remains on active guard reserve status. He has received numerous awards for his military service, including the Bronze Star and the Humanitarian Service Medal. Flemming replaces Fred Haley, and will serve a term expiring in September, 2003.

Locke appointed Glenn Jennings to the Everett Community College Board of Trustees. Jennings, of Stanwood, holds a master's degree in business from the University of Washington, and has been a Boeing manager for 17 years. He was chairman of the Everett Area Chamber of Commerce and an active participant in the Snohomish County "SchoolWork" project, which links local schools, businesses and postsecondary educational institutions. He will serve until September of 2002, and replaces Donald Hale.

Locke also appointed Thomas Simpson, of Spokane, to the Joint Center for Higher Education. Simpson is managing director of Spokane Capital Management and a former high-level executive with Dain Bosworth. Simpson earned a business degree from the UW and a master's in business from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He is on the board of the Spokane Intercollegiate Research & Technology Institute Foundation and the Cataldo Catholic School. His term expires in September, 1999. Simpson replaces Carol Wendle, who resigned. The Joint Center coordinates public baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in Spokane.

Locke said he worked long and hard to find the very highest caliber citizens to assume these critical leadership posts. "These leaders from business, education, and the community bring tremendous experience, talent and dedication to these key roles. I have every confidence they will set a direction for our colleges and universities that will make ours among the very best educational institutions in the world."

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