2013 Alumnus of the Year Award

Gordon McHenry, 79


Gordon McHenry, Jr. is the 28th Annual Alumni of the Year Award Winner. Gordon holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Seattle University and earned his juris doctorate from the Georgetown University Law School.

In July of 2012, McHenry was named president and chief executive of Solid Ground, a Seattle-based nonprofit social-services organization. Prior to this role, McHenry held the position of executive director for Rainier Scholars. According to the organization, his unique blend of private and public sector experience in the Seattle community made for an ideal leader. He’s served on the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust Board of Directors as well the governing boards of the United Way of King County and Seattle Public Library.

Prior to his appointment as executive director at Rainier Scholars, McHenry served as the director of Global Corporate Citizenship for Boeing’s Northwest region and worked as an attorney with Perkins Coie in Seattle.

McHenry’s connection and commitment to Seattle University is vast. He has served on the Seattle University Board of Trustees since 2002. Prior to becoming a trustee he was a member and chair of the Board of Regents, and a member of the Alumni Board of Governors. While a student at SU he was ASSU president.