May 14, 2010
I am pleased to share with you the news that Governor Gregoire has appointed Mr. Tod Leiweke, CEO of Vulcan Sports and Entertainment – Paul Allen`s management organization for the Seattle Seahawks, Portland Trailblazers, and Seattle Sounders FC – to Western Washington University`s Board of Trustees.
Once again, the Governor has chosen to provide us with the caliber of leadership appropriate to our stature and ambitions. Tod is recognized as one of the top professional sports executives in the country. As CEO of one of the NFL`s premier franchises, an extremely well-respected NBA organization and one of the country`s top professional soccer franchises, Tod will bring us substantial expertise as an accomplished and highly respected business leader.
Tod was the keynote speaker at the recent Western Washington University Foundation 13th Annual Seattle Business Forum where he drew and wowed a sold-out audience of public and private sector leaders. As I know from my conversations with him and as he made clear to the audience, he is enthusiastic about Western, the quality of our institution, and its mission. And, those assembled must have been listening for we raised a record amount that afternoon for student scholarships.