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EWU Mourns Loss
Published: March 24, 2014
CHENEY, Wash. - Eastern Washington University is saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Mark Mays, who served as Vice Chair of the university's Board of Trustees (BOT) and has been a long-standing advocate for the university and higher education.
Upon his death, Mays was four years into his second appointment as a Trustee, and was actively involved on numerous board committees.
"On behalf of Eastern Washington University, I would like to send my heartfelt condolences to the family of Dr. Mark Mays," said President Rodolfo Arévalo. "This is a tremendous loss for the whole community. From the moment he started his second tenure as an Eastern Trustee, Dr. Mays brought incredible passion, insight and enthusiasm to our campus. His commitment to the success of all our students was evident in the way he cared about each issue that came before the Board."
"I am saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Mays, my colleague and friend, and I too wish to send my condolences to his extended family," said Paul Tanaka, the current Chair of the Board. "Mark cared deeply about Eastern Washington University, and tirelessly worked to improve the institution. His dedication will be missed by all."
Mays first served on Eastern's Board from 1997-2003. During his first appointment, he served as Chair of the Board during the 2001-2002 academic year. His second appointment began March 4, 2010.
The Eastern Washington University Board of Trustees is made up of eight members who are appointed by the Governor to six year terms, except for a student trustee whose term is one year. The Board oversees the implementation of all initiatives, policies and programs at the institution.