PULLMAN – Michael C. Worthy, president and chief executive officer of the Bank of Clark County in Vancouver, Wash., has been named by Gov. Christine Gregoire as a member of the Washington State University Board of Regents.
Worthy succeeds Joe King, whose term expired in September.
“Mike Worthy is an excellent choice for this position,” said WSU President V. Lane Rawlins. “I have known him for a long time and he has been a great supporter of higher education and Washington State University. His accomplishments in the world of business are very impressive and he will bring a valuable perspective to the board.”
“For a life-long Cougar it is an unbelievable honor to be asked to serve as a regent. I feel like I’m in the ‘Super Bowl’ of service to WSU,” Worthy said. “This is a very exciting and challenging time for higher education in our state, and I am looking forward to working with the board in advancing the university’s vision for the future”.
Worthy led the founding of the Bank of Clark County in 1999. Four times,the bank has been named among the fastest growing companies in Clark County, growing to more than $300 million in assets in seven years.
Worthy, who previously worked for Wells Fargo and First Interstate Bank, earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from Washington State University. He was chairman of the Washington State University Vancouver Chancellor’s Advisory Committee in 2003 and chaired the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce in 2002-2003.
He received the WSU Alumni Achievement Award in 2002 and the Outstanding Service Award from the WSU Foundation in 1996. He has served as a member of the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board since 2004.