WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Whitman College Board of Trustees has elected Portland, Ore., attorney Robert S. Ball to a two-year term as chair and named former Seattle mayor Norman B. Rice to a four-year term as a board member. Both appointments took effect in May.
The Whitman board is an 18-member body that sets fiscal policy and advises college officials. Whitman is a private, academically selective liberal arts & sciences college of 1,300 students. It is the only school in the Pacific Northwest listed in the top tier of national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report in its annual guidebook, America's Best Colleges.
Ball, a senior partner in the Portland law firm Ball Janik LLP, has been a Whitman trustee since 1992. Prior to that, he served for six years on the Whitman Board of Overseers, a body that recommends policies related to institutional administration.
Now president and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, Rice joins the Whitman Board of Trustees after serving as an overseer since 1992. Rice gave Whitman's commencement address in the spring of 1998, when he was presented with an honorary doctor of laws degree.
Ball, a 1959 graduate of Boise (Idaho) High School, earned his bachelor's degree in political science at Whitman in 1964. He completed his J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California-Berkeley in 1967.
A native of Red Lodge, Montana, Ball began his private law practice in Portland after receiving his law degree. In 1982, he joined in formation of Ball Janik LLP. His practice now concentrates on business and real estate transactions. He is involved in structuring corporate, partnership and real estate transactions and advising clients in those areas. He has been listed since 1986 in "Best Lawyers of America," a recognition given to the top one percent of the nation's attorneys.
A leader in the area of continuing legal education, Ball has served on numerous committees of the Oregon State Bar and Oregon Law Institute. He has co-edited five volumes of "Real Property," a scholarly source. In 1995, he received the President's Membership Service Award from the Oregon State Bar.
Active in civic affairs, Ball has served as chair of the board of Oregon Public Broadcasting, chair of the Portland Metropolitan Boundary Commission, member of the Tigard Planning Commission, and member of the Oregon Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He is currently a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and a member of the Alumni Board of the University of California-Berkeley School of Law.
Ball is married to Julia Sims Ball, also a 1964 Whitman graduate. They have two grown children, one of whom, Jennifer Ball Kaden, is a 1989 Whitman graduate. Rice, after completing three terms on the Seattle City Council, served as mayor of Seattle from 1990 to 1997. He is a graduate of the University of Washington, where he also received his master's degree in public administration.
As CEO of one of 12 Federal Home Loan Banks in the nation, Rice is committed to expanding housing and economic opportunities by providing funding and other banking services essential to community-based financial institutions.
Rice is currently a member of the Brookings Institution's Advisory Committee for Sustainable Communities, and he is co-chair of a capital campaign for First Place and Youthcare, two nonprofit organizations that serve children and teens. He also serves on governing boards of the YMCA, Regence Blue Shield, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, SAFECO Corporation, and the Seattle Urban League.
Formerly president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Rice has received numerous service and leadership awards from such diverse groups as the National Neighborhood Association, Washington Council on Crime and Delinquency, and the Corporate Council for the Arts.
Rice is married to Constance Williams Rice, who earned her doctoral degree in higher education at the University of Washington. They are parents of a grown son, Mian.