endum. As a result, I think our bar is
stronger and very positively focused.
4 What has been the most difficult decision you had to make as a
governor, and why?
The most difficult decision that I’ve
faced as a governor also deals with
the referendum. The obvious result of the referendum was that the
WSBA needed to reorient and learn
to provide necessary services more
efficiently. This led to an institutional
reorganization that had the effect of
reducing staff. Making decisions that
have a negative impact upon people’s
jobs and lives is a difficult one that
cannot be made lightly. However, the
reality of necessary decisions is that
some people’s lives have been negatively impacted and these decisions
have not been easy.
What surprised me the most about
serving on the Board was when I considered running for the Board, I knew
that I would be making a significant
time commitment if elected. However,
once elected and first preparing for a
Board meeting, I was stunned at the
volume of material provided. As with
any new job, one becomes better over
time at sorting through and prioritiz-ing the materials provided, learning
to focus on those of greatest importance, and how to be efficient in preparing for necessary decision-making
at each meeting.
5 Can you share one thing we may not know about you?
I have a loving wife and three wonderful sons. My wife, our youngest son,
and I are all graduates of Gonzaga.
My two oldest sons are graduates of
Notre Dame. In our family, we are
rabid Notre Dame football fans and
Gonzaga basketball fans. We are always happy when they win and despondent when they lose. Such is the
life of sports fans. However, we are
always proud of the institutions that
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