Antioch University Seattle Announces First Ever Board of Trustees

Fifteen community members appointed to newly formed board

Antioch University Seattle (AUS) today announced the appointment of their first board of trustees. Ken Friedman, J.D., a partner with Friedman, Rubin & White and an alumnus of Antioch College, was named chairperson.

AUS has graduated more than 6,000 students since the campus began in 1975. With innovative undergraduate and graduate programs in psychology, education, liberal studies, management, strategic communication, environment & community and whole systems design, Antioch Seattle offers a rich learning environment that is designed for adult students who are ready to commit to a dynamic and student-focused scholastic experience. AUS is one of five campuses of Antioch University, a national system incorporated as a single 501c3 in the state of Ohio, where its original campus, Antioch College, was founded in 1852.

Antioch University has historically been governed by a single, central university board, which maintains legal and fiduciary responsibility for the entire university system. In fall 2008, this board authorized a dramatic restructuring of the governance of the university, directing for the first time that each campus establish its own board of trustees. According to a common set of bylaws established and approved by the Antioch University Board of Governors, campus boards of trustees will have significant delegated authority and responsibility for the oversight of their respective campuses.

The Governance and Executive committees of the Antioch University Board of Governors approved all trustee nominations and authorized the AUS Board of Trustees to begin their work. In addition to the chair, other members include Janet Berglund, president of Essential Consulting; Richard Conlin, president of the Seattle City Council; Anil Coumar, licensed psychotherapist and director of the Mental Health Clinic at the University of Washington’s Hall Health Center; Steve Crandall, founder and managing director of ProMotion Arts; Alejandro Di-Tolla, managing director for Global Business Development Solutions; Charles A. Heinrich, president of Heinrich, Inc.; Paula M. Kinney, director of Park Academy; Anna Liotto, president and CEO for Resultance Inc.; Sean Maloney, director of clinical training at Catholic Community Services of Western Washington; Jim Moore, founding partner of Avogadro Partners; Mauri Moore, chair-elect of an association of community colleges in Washington state; Eddie Pate, principal and founder of Pate Consulting & Associates; Michael E. Sotelo, founder and president of Approach Management Services; and Deborah Wege, community affairs strategy manager and executive director for the Boeing Employees’ Credit Union (BECU) Foundation.

AUS provides rigorous progressive education to prepare students for the complexities of today’s diverse societies. Combining dynamic scholarship and classroom collaboration with experiential learning and systems thinking, graduates learn how to make positive change in their organizations and communities.

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