Inslee announces appointments to University of Washington Board of Regents

January 5, 2016

Story 

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the appointment of Joel Benoliel to the University of Washington Board of Regents.

“A dedicated Husky for 52 years, Joel has strong ties to the UW community. He’s committed to helping students succeed at UW regardless of their economic status and he will bring an important perspective to the board,” Inslee said.

Benoliel was formerly Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Costco Wholesale before he retired in 2014. He is a Trustee of Seattle Children’s Hospital and a current board member for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Seattle Guild.

“It’s a great honor to be appointed by Governor Inslee,” said Benoliel. “Washington is my home and the UW has always felt like family to me. As a first generation American, my dream was to study at UW. Now, as a member of the Board of Regents, I’d like to help new students achieve that dream, regardless of their economic background.”

Benoliel received his bachelor’s degree from UW in political science and went on to receive his law degree from UW.

Inslee also announced he is re-appointing Joanne Harrell.

“Joanne has demonstrated success on the board since her original appointment in 2009,” Inslee said. “I’m confident she’ll continue helping the board lead on higher education in our state and in our nation.”

Harrell is a Senior Director at Microsoft and has served on the Board of Regents since Gov. Christine Gregoire appointed her in 2009. She served as Board Chair from September 2012–August 2013. Harrell received her bachelor’s degree and Master of Business Administration from UW.

“I’m grateful Governor Inslee gave me the chance to continue serving the UW community as a member of the board,” said Harrell. “I know my experience and dedication to UW will serve the board and all of Washington state as we continue to improve and innovate.”

The Board of Regents supervises, coordinates, manages and regulates the University. There are 10 board members, including one student.

Benoliel and Harrell are appointed to six-year terms and their terms are effective immediately. Benoliel is filling the seat of former board member Orin Smith. 

Media Contact 

Governor Inslee’s Communications Office
360.902.4136