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CWU Board of Trustees Honors Longtime Member, Outgoing Chair Ronald Erickson

The Central Washington Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution honoring Ronald Erickson, who has served on the board since 2010.

Board members applauded Erickson, whose term recently concluded, for his help in leading the university through extraordinary times, including the Great Recession, during which state support declined by 50 percent, and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CWU BOT Chair Robert Nellams, who worked alongside Erickson for the past four years, described him as a gifted and talented consensus-builder with deep connections to not only the university but to the community of Ellensburg.

“Ron grew up in the Ellensburg community and graduated from Ellensburg High School and Central Washington University,” Nellams said. “His family has been in the Kittitas Valley for nearly 150 years, so he has been able to provide unique insights and historical perspectives that have proven invaluable to the board.”

Erickson, who was chair of the board from 2018-21, was humbled by the recognition.

“I love this institution and this community,” he said at the end of his July 29 address to the board. “I depart with fond memories. God speed to you, this university, and the Ellensburg community.”

Erickson, who was born in Tacoma, grew up in Ellensburg and spent much of his childhood on the pioneer farm owned by his mother’s family (Ayleen Frederick), which they had homesteaded in 1876. He graduated from CWU in 1966 with a BA in history and obtained his MA in American Studies from the University of Wyoming and juris doctorate from the University of California, Davis.

Erickson has more than 35 years of experience as an attorney and entrepreneur, leading a number of technology enterprises in the global marketplace.

Media contact: Kremiere Jackson, Vice President of Public Affairs, 509-963-1425,