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New Trustee Named

Published: February 16, 2018

CHENEY, Washington - Kim Pearman-Gillman, a Partner with McKinstry and long-time leader in Spokane's business and civic communities, has been appointed to Eastern Washington University's Board of Trustees (BOT) by Gov. Jay Inslee, effective immediately for a six-year term.

Pearman-Gillman, who is also past chair and current member of the University District Board and executive committee, is a Business Development Executive at McKinstry having joined the company in 2009. She has more than 30 years of senior leadership experience in the private and public sectors, including stints with Itron, Avista Development, Avista Utilities and was on loan to the City of Spokane from Avista to start economic development there.

"It is a great honor to be chosen to serve on Eastern Washington University's Board of Trustees," says Pearman-Gillman. "I'm excited to serve because I believe in EWU and in the importance of its mission as a public university dedicated to top notch education for all. In particular I am in support of its focus on first-generation students and the advancements being made in STEM education."

Pearman-Gillman has previously served EWU as a member of the CSTEM Board (2010-2014) and Chair of the Library Advocacy Board (2007-2009). She has worked alongside three EWU presidents as well as many faculty, administrators and students. "I have seen firsthand the quality, talent and passion of each of these groups and am looking forward to being part of EWU's future," adds Pearman-Gillman.

"Kim is a great advocate for higher education and Eastern, and we are happy to have her on the board," says BOT Chair Uriel Iñiguez. "She will be a critical part of the team as the university establishes itself in Spokane's University District with projects like the recently announced Catalyst Building."

Trustee James Murphy adds, "Kim brings a measure of leadership and activism to any organization that she joins or supports. She has proven herself to be a go-to member of groups with whom she engages in the Spokane area." 

Pearman-Gillman replaces Paul Tanaka, who completed his second term on the board last fall. She will attend her first BOT meeting Feb. 23 on the EWU campus.  

The EWU Board of Trustees is an eight-member body, including one student that serves as the university's governing body. The board works with EWU's President to set the strategic direction of the university and help ensure the university is academically and financially accountable, while striving to help students succeed.  

Kim Pearman-Gillman


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