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Cochran named to WSU Board of Regents

PULLMAN– Harold Cochran of Prescott has been named to the Washington State University Board of Regents by Gov. Christine Gregoire.

Cochran, 58, is a wheat rancher on a 5,500-acre family farm near Prescott. He replaces Chris Marr of Spokane, who left the board following his election in November to the Washington State Senate.

“It’s a real honor to be appointed to the Board of Regents,” Cochran said. “I have a lot to learn, but I look forward to working with the other regents and helping move this great university ahead.”

“Harold Cochran’s experience as a third-generation wheat rancher and his work with the Washington Association of Wheat Growers and Walla Walla County Wheat Growers make him an excellent choice given WSU’s historic agricultural roots,” Gregoire said. “As the state’s land grant university, WSU will be well-served by Harold’s background and connections in the
agriculture community.”

“I’m pleased with the governor’s selection,” said WSU President V. Lane Rawlins. “I think Mr. Cochran will bring a much-needed perspective to our board.”

Cochran received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Gonzaga University in 1971 and his master of education in counseling from Gonzaga in 1973.

He is a member of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers and the Walla Walla County Wheat Growers, where he chaired the domestic policy committee. He was president of the Walla Walla County Crop Improvement Association and was on the Board of Directors of the Center for Management Development at Walla Walla Community College.

Cochran served for 12 years on the Walla Walla High School Agriculture Advisory Committee, where he was a volunteer coach for the FFA Agriculture Issues Team and a judge at the state FFA Convention.

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