Former Seattle Central Community College board member Constance Rice and Sea Mar Community Health Center President Rogelio Riojas have been appointed to the University of Washington Board of Regents.
Rice replaces Sally Jewell, who left before her term ended to become head of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Riojas will succeed Craig Cole, whose term expires Oct. 1. The appointments were made by Gov. Jay Inslee, and both Rice and Riojas will serve for six years.
Rice, whose husband, Norm Rice, was mayor of Seattle from 1989 to 1997, briefly served on the Washington Student Achievement Council, a state higher-education policy group, before Inslee reshuffled the membership.
She has been a vice chancellor and senior chancellor of the Seattle Community College District and is currently the managing director for knowledge management for Casey Family Programs.
Riojas has led Sea Mar since its beginning in 1978 as a Seattle clinic. It is now a comprehensive health and human services organization, and has offices in 10 Washington counties.
Both Rice and Riojas have degrees from the UW — Rice holds a graduate degree from the UW Evans School of Public Affairs and a doctorate from the UW College of Education, and Riojas has bachelor’s degrees in political science and economics, and a master’s degree in health administration.
Earlier this year, Inslee appointed Kiana Scott to serve a one-year position as student regent. Scott, a second year M.A./Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication, earned a master’s of public administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs with a focus in legislative processes.
The UW board sets policy for the university and meets about 10 times a year; perhaps its most important job is hiring the university president, as well as approving tuition. Appointments to the governing board of the state’s flagship university are considered highly prestigious.