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EWU Trustees Named

Published: November 28, 2015

CHENEY, Washington. - Jay Manning, former director of the Washington State Department of Ecology and an Eastern Washington University Alumnus, has been appointed to the university's Board of Trustees (BOT) by Gov. Jay Inslee, effective Nov. 20 through Sept. 30, 2021.

Manning, who also served as Chief of Staff for former Gov. Christine Gregoire, is currently a partner with Cascadia Law Group in Olympia where he focuses on environmental and energy issues.

"I am thrilled to join the Board of Trustees for Eastern Washington University," said Manning. "I am well acquainted with decision-making and budget building in Olympia, and I look forward to working with President Cullinan and the Board to make sure Eastern fares well in the legislative process."

Manning replaces Jo Ann Kauffman, who completed her second term on the board in September.

Gov. Inslee has also reappointed Michael Finley to Eastern's Board to a six-year term. Finley was first appointed in 2014 to complete the term of former trustee Mark Mays, who passed away.

Finley earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Eastern Washington University. Born and raised in Inchelium, Washington, Finley is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and is a two-time chairman of the Colville Business Council.

Trustees on the board work 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.

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