Daniel J. Evans

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Daniel J. Evans "ranks as one of the most distinguished leaders in the history of Washington State. Perhaps best known as Governor of the State of Washington, from 1965 to 1977, he has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to public service. He has longstanding ties to the University of Washington, and exemplary experience in the fields of governance, education and the environment.

"Before entering politics, Dan Evans was a civil engineer. After graduating from the University of Washington with degrees in civil engineering (BS, 1948, MS, 1949), he worked as a structural engineer for the City of Seattle, Associated General Contractors and in private practice. In 1956, he entered politics as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives, where he served from 1956 to 1965.

"He became Governor of the State of Washington in 1965, serving an unprecedented three terms. He was recognized as "One of the Ten Outstanding Governors in the 20th Century" (University of Michigan study, 1981). After declining to run again, he assumed the presidency of The Evergreen State College in Olympia in 1977. From 1981 to 1983, he also served as Chairman of the Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council. In 1983, after the death of Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson, Evans was appointed and then elected to the US Senate. In 1989, he chose not to run again.

"Mr. Evans is active with a large number of community and non-profit organizations. He chaired the National Academy of Science's Commission on Policy Options for Global Warming, and co-chaired with former President Jimmy Carter, a delegation to monitor the elections in Nicaragua. From 1989 to 1994, Mr. Evans also served as a political analyst for KIRO radio and TV. He also taught as a Lecturer Part-time at GSPA from March 1989 to March 1990. Currently he heads his own consulting firm of Daniel J. Evans and Associates.

"In addition, he serves on numerous corporate and civic boards, including Puget Sound Energy and the Nature Conservancy. In 1993, he was appointed by Governor Mike Lowry to the Board of Regents for the University of Washington, where he has served as both Vice President (1995-96) and President (1996-97). He is currently Chair of the Board of Regents' Capitol Assets Committee.

"Dan Evans' wife, Nancy earned a BA in music form Whitman College in 1954. She currently serves on the visiting committee of the UW's School of Public Health and Community Medicine and the boards of Whitman College, Seattle Symphony and KCTS. The Evans' have three grown sons, Dan Jr., Mark, and Bruce." [1]

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