OLYMPIA – In what’s proving a tough seat to keep filled, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Monday named Boeing Vice President Scott Carson to the Washington State University Board of Regents.
“His commitment to WSU has been unwavering, and I think he will be a huge asset to a great university,” Gregoire said at a morning meeting with reporters at the Capitol. The appointment of Carson, who is also president and CEO of the company’s $25 billion-a-year commercial airplanes division, takes effect Sept. 30.
Carson replaces regent Ted Baseler, the CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Gregoire appointed Baseler in February 2006. She said Monday that the winery’s expanding business interests led him to step down from the university board.
Prior to Baseler, the seat was held by scientist and rancher Peter Goldmark. He stepped down last year before an unsuccessful run for Congress. Goldmark is now running for state lands commissioner.
Carson, like his immediate predecessor, holds a bachelor’s degree from WSU. He’s on the board of governors of the WSU Foundation, serves as chairman of an advisory board to WSU’s College of Business and Economics, and is on another advisory board for the College of Engineering and Architecture.
Carson also holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Washington.
“But I’m sure he will show he’s a Coug all the way now,” Gregoire joked.
In a statement, Carson said he was honored by the appointment.
“It’s especially meaningful because of my own association – and that of my family – with this wonderful university,” he said.
The state’s educational institutions and their graduates are a critical part of the state’s economic vitality, he said.