Four new appointments to the board

Three alumni and one emeritus Puget Sound professor joined the 30-member board of trustees this fall. They are:

Eric Lindgren, UPS professor emeritus of biology

Lindgren was a member of the Puget Sound faculty for more than 25 years. One doesn’t ever really retire from the UPS faculty, but he did stop teaching full time in 1997. With biology prof Ernie Karlstrom, he created the Hawai’i biology Winterim. The two alternated leading the trip for 11 years.

Lindgren was a member of the UPS Science Center Fundraising Committee. He currently serves on the board of governors and is a past president and volunteer for the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, as well as president of the Seattle Chapter of the Archaeological Society of America.

His spouse is Ili Nagy, UPS professor emerita of art.


Bill Nelson ’69
, retired vice chair, chief risk officer, Pacific Century Financial Corporation (Bank of Hawai’i)

Nelson majored in history and minored in political science while at Puget Sound. He was freshman class vice president, president of the Sigma Nu fraternity, and a member of the Interfraternity Council, Central Board, AFROTC, and the Arnold Air Society. Nelson ran on the track team and was listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges.

Following graduation he rose to the rank of captain in the U.S. Air Force. He received an M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1976.

As a Puget Sound volunteer, Nelson is a member of the ASK Network. He served on the National Alumni Board and was president and co-founder of the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter.

He is married to Patricia Rozier Nelson ’71. The couple have three grown children.


Jill Nishi ’89, program manager, U.S. Libraries Initiative, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

A Seattle native, Nishi was in the Business Leadership Program while at UPS and minored in Japanese. She was in Mortar Board, studied abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo, was a resident assistant, and chaired the ASUPS senate. She earned a Master of Public Affairs at Princeton in 1995. Before beginning her current job, Nishi was director of the Seattle Office of Economic Development.

She is founding board member and president of the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation, and a board member for Seafair and the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas, and a UPS ASK Network volunteer.

Nishi is married and has a 1-year-old daughter.


Kenneth Willman ’82, managing director and general counsel, Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC

Willman returns to the board after previously serving from 1998 to 2004. He graduated from Puget Sound cum laude, majoring in economics, and politics and government, and minoring in math and music. He was in the Honors Program, Mortar Board, Model United Nations, on the university Budget Task Force, and was a student representative to the board. He also was a teaching assistant in economics, a yearbook photographer, resident assistant, in the Wesley Christian Fellowship, and a Coolidge Otis Chapman Honors Scholar. After Puget Sound he received a J.D. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

Willman is an ASK Network volunteer, was a member of the National Campaign Committee for the “Charting the Future” fundraising campaign, and was a member of the National Alumni Board, now the Alumni Council Executive Committee.

He is married and has three children.