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Seattle tech vet Linden Rhoads, appointed to Univ. of the Washington Board of Regents – GeekWire

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Linden Rhoads. (Washington State Photo)

Linden Rhoadsa longtime Seattle tech leader and former vice provost for marketing at the University of Washington, will join UW council of regents.

“Linden’s unique lived experiences and deep commitment to the University of Washington will make her a dedicated and effective regent,” Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement. statement.

Rhoads will take the seat of outgoing regent bill ayer, CEO of Alaska Air Group. She begins her six-year term on the 11-member board on October 24.

Rhoads has had deep ties to the UW for more than two decades.

“I love the UW,” Rhoads told GeekWire on Wednesday. “I bleed purple.”

From 2008 to 2014, she led technology transfer and commercialization efforts at UW in an office now known as Concussion. Meanwhile, the UW has more than doubled the number of spinouts formed each year.

Rhoads also helped launch The W Funda seed fund that invests in spin-off companies from UW or other Washington State universities and research institutes.

Rhoads said she will use lessons from that experience in her new role on the Board of Regents, which oversees, coordinates, manages and regulates the university.

“A big part of the university’s mission is to help its world-class researchers impact the world through innovation,” she said.

Rhoads personal story provides a level of appreciation for education. She used financial aid to go through college on her own, and her grandfather was a teacher in a community college system.

She also has three children who are currently attending college and has served on the board of the state’s Committee on Advanced Tuition Payment and College Savings.

Rhoads said she deeply understands the challenges parents face in saving for tuition, as well as the desire of students to study high-demand subjects such as computer science.

“My heart is with these students,” she said. “I certainly understand how much the innovation economy needs us to get kids to get those degrees.”

Ed Lazowska, a longtime UW computer science professor and former chair of the computer science department, said Rhoads’ appointment “will provide a major boost to UW’s entrepreneurial spirit and UW’s relationships with the startup and tech communities”.

The UW has created a number of high-profile startups in recent years, including Icosavax, Zap Energy, OctoML and others.

The UW is world renowned for its research prowess. It ranked #17 in the world and #3 among public universities in the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Prior to joining the UW, Rhoads started Seattle Ventures, taking on leadership and investor roles at several affiliated startups. Early in her career, she was a business development manager for Seattle-based Cellular Technical Services, which provided software to mobile phone companies, and was one of the founding investors in the wireless services startup Terabeam, acquired in 2004.

Rhoads, who holds a law degree from UW, has served on the boards of the Henry Art Gallery and the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.

Inslee also announced the reappointment of the trial prosecutor Blaine Tamaki in the Board of Regents.