Balance the UW Board of RegentsBackground:
The UW Board of Regents is the University’s governing body. Board members are responsible for supervising, coordinating and managing UW.
Seven of the ten current board members are corporate leaders, including executives from Alaska Airlines, Boeing and Microsoft. Two board members are non-profit leaders and one is a student. None are UW faculty or staff.
The UW Board of Regents recently:
Two Regents’ terms are expiring on September 30th, 2016. Governor Inslee could choose to re-appoint them or make new appointments.
Patrick Shanahan, chair of the UW Board of Regents and a Vice President at Boeing, has served on the Board since 2012. In 2015, Boeing received a $305 million tax break from Washington State – MORE than the state provided in funding to UW, which received $293 million in state funding for fiscal year 2016.
William Ayer, former chair of the UW Board of Regents and former CEO of Alaska Airlines, has served on the Board since 2012. Mr. Ayer was Chairman of UW Board of Regents for all 2014-15 “closed door” meetings with no accountability, likely in violation of state open-meeting laws, leading to student protests against Regent meetings.
UW needs a Board of Regents that will fight for public funding for public education.
We urge you to appoint a balanced UW Board of Regent which is committed to sustainable public funding for our public university, and opening up opportunities to diverse student, faculty and staff populations. The current corporate majority on the Board of Regents has demonstrated an over-reliance on private, rather than public funding solutions.