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Governor Reappoints Ron Erickson to CWU Board of Trustees

Governor Jay Inslee has reappointed Ron Erickson to the Central Washington University Board of Trustees.

Erickson, who has served on the board since 2010, is founder, chair, and chief operating officer of Visualant, Inc., a photon imaging and authentication company. He has more than 35 years of experience as a manager, attorney and senior level executive in several technology, consumer product, and retail businesses.

“As a CWU graduate with deep family roots in the Kittitas Valley, it’s an honor to continue to serve on the Board of Trustees,” Erickson said. “The university has experienced changes in recent years, particularly in terms of funding, but I believe we’re on the right track and I look forward to continuing to help guide it through the challenges ahead.”

CWU President James L. Gaudino said he is pleased Erickson will remain on the Board of Trustees because his expertise in business and technology has provided valuable insights as CWU has moved to responsibility centered management in recent years.

“Ron understands the need for universities, like Central, to look at our operations in new and innovative ways,” Gaudino said. “His reappointment ensures we can continue our progress and make Central the best university in the Pacific Northwest.”

Erickson, currently vice chair of the board, was raised in Ellensburg and graduated from Ellensburg High School. His family homesteaded in the Kittitas Valley in 1876 and a cousin continues to farm the family’s homestead acreage. He has a BA from CWU, a MA from the University of Wyoming, and JD from the University of California, Davis.

Erickson’s six-year term, which began December 14, will continue through September 30, 2021.

Media contact: Rich Moreno, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,