New university regent named by governor

Laura Jennings, a Seattle-area business consultant, has been appointed by Gov. Christine Gregoire, as the newest member to the Washington State University Board of Regents.

Jennings currently consults for start-up companies in the Seattle area. Jennings spent 12 years as an executive at Microsoft Corporation, serving as vice president of Worldwide Strategic Planning, vice president of MSN and in various other capacities.  After leaving Microsoft, she spent three years as a senior partner with leading international venture capital firm Atlas Venture, where she supervised investments in software start-up companies across their Seattle and Palo Alto offices. 

Jennings currently serves on the boards of Laird Norton Tyee, SimplyFun LLC, Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle and the YWCA of Seattle King County and Snohomish County.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Illinois in 1983 and a master’s degree in management from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University in 1988.

Jenning’s term is effective July 15, 2005, and will end Sept. 30, 2009.

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