Gov. Inslee appoints two to WWU board of trustees

Gov. Jay Inslee recently appointed Maureen West and John M. Meyer to Western Washington University’s Board of Trustees.

They will both serve six-year terms that end on Sept. 30, 2021.

West has extensive experience in health care. She has worked for more than 30 years as a nurse, and been a faculty member/instructor for nursing programs at Western, Seattle Pacific University, the University of Washington and the Bothell School of Nursing and Health Studies.

She served for eight years as a legislative assistant with the U.S. Senate, the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, the Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy, and as a professional staff member to former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole.

“Maureen West brings a wealth of knowledge about the healthcare field and expertise in higher education to Western’s Board of Trustees,” Western president Bruce Shepard said in a press release.

The other new appointee, Meyer, is a retired judge who served as Skagit County’s Superior Court Judge from 1997 to 2015. Before that he served as a Skagit County District Court Judge and was a partner in a private practice.

“He is a proven leader and will provide valuable insights as a trustee,” Shepard said in a news release.

Meyer, 2009 winner of the Washington State Association for Justice’s Judge of the Year, said in a news release from Western that he finds higher education critical to the state’s future.

Western’s eight member board of trustees governs the university and appoints the president; president Shepard is retiring at the end of the current academic year.

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