Washington Governor Gary Locke this week announced the appointment of Washington State University Regent William Marler to the state Higher Education Coordinating Board. In accepting the appointment, Marler announced he will resign his post with the WSU Board of Regents effective August 15.

Locke appointed Marler to the WSU Board of Regents in 1998 and again in 2003. He served as president of the board from 2003 through May of this year.

A WSU alumnus, Marler said he would miss serving as a member of the university’s governing board.

“I’ve been on the board now for the last seven years and I’ve considered it a great honor to be such a part of WSU,” he said. “I found it a very positive experience and I continue to feel a close association with the university and its people. I plan to remain involved in the work of the WSU Foundation, and I wish the entire university community all the best.

“However, I feel strongly that higher education in our state is in something of a crisis mode now. Through this new position, I hope to be better able to serve the interests of all the state’s universities and colleges, from the research institutions and four-year colleges, to the junior colleges.”

Marler serves also on a number of professional and public service agency boards. He is co-chair of Initiative 884 (The Education Trust Fund), and is involved in the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, the Bainbridge Youth Services Board, the Senior Services Board, and the Children’s Hospital Circle of Care. He earned bachelor’s degrees in political science, economics and English from WSU in 1982 and a law degree from Seattle University in 1987. He also served as a member of the Pullman City Council while attending WSU, becoming the youngest and first student ever elected to the office.

He lives on Bainbridge Island with his wife, Julie, and their three daughters, Morgan, Olivia and Sydney.