Inslee names Chairman Leonard Forsman to the University of Washington Board of Regents

Gov. Jay Inslee has named Leonard Forsman to the University of Washington Board of Regents. Forsman is the first native person to serve as a UW regent. He is chairman of the Suquamish Tribe, where he has served on the tribal council for more than 30 years.

In addition to being a UW alum, Forsman continues to be an active leader at the university. While a student at UW, Forsman worked as an intern at the Suquamish Tribal Archives in a partnership with the Burke Museum and later became director of the Suquamish Museum. He is still engaged at the Burke and is a member of the Burke Museum Advisory Board. Additionally, since becoming chair of the Suquamish Tribe in 2005, Forsman has been deeply involved in tribal summits with UW leadership.

Forsman is president of the Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians and serves on the boards of the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council, the Seattle Waterfront Steering Committee, the Suquamish Tribal Cultural Committee, the Suquamish Museum, the Washington Indian Gaming Association, the West Sound Partners for Ecosystem Recovery, and the Tribal Leaders Congress on Education.

He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology in 1987.

“Leonard has deep appreciation for the importance of education for all communities. His leadership experience with Suquamish and tireless work on behalf of Northwest tribal communities will be invaluable to UW. His work with the Burke Museum has brought a broader perspective to regional tribal history and culture, and his dedication […]

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