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New trustees are human services CEO, Locke’s former budget director

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Karen Lee is CEO of the Seattle-based Pioneer Human Services. | Photo by
Dick Thompson ('65, Political Science) was the state budget director under Gov. Gary Locke and chief of staff for Gov. Booth Gardner. | Photo by

Gov. Chris Gregoire recently appointed Karen Lee and Dick Thompson (’65, Political Science) to the university’s Board of Trustees.

Lee is CEO of the Seattle-based Pioneer Human Services, which offers housing, employment training, treatment, counseling and other social services. From 2005 to 2010, she was commissioner of the Washington State Employment Security Department. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point who earned a law degree and an MBA from the University of Washington, she is also president of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies. Lee’s term on Western’s Board of Trustees ends in September 2016.

Thompson was the state budget director under Gov. Gary Locke and chief of staff for Gov. Booth Gardner. He was also director of Government Relations and interim athletic director at the University of Washington and has 15 years’ experience as a city attorney or city manager in Snohomish, Everett and Puyallup. After graduating from WWU, Thompson earned a law degree from the University of Washington. His term on WWU’s Board of Trustees ends in September 2015.