Betty Woods, ’74 (co-chair)
Seattle University, Board of Trustees 2005–2017, Chair 2012–2015
Betty Woods was president and Chief Executive Officer of Premera Blue Cross, a $1.9 billion regional health care company serving more than one million residents in Washington, Oregon and Alaska, from 1992-2000. She retired in 2000 as vice chair and CEO. Woods is active on both corporate and university boards. From 1994 to June 2011, she was active on the Board of Directors of global biomedical company Beckman Coulter, Inc., serving as director, non-executive chair (2005-08) and independent lead director (2008-2010).
In addition, she was a director of Ambia, a privately held architectural firm. Formerly, she was on the Board of Directors of Pacific Northwest Bank and the Board of Trustees of Western Washington University, serving as chair for two years. She was a founding director of the National Institute of Health Care Management, a nonprofit research institute on health care issues. Woods holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Seattle University. She completed executive development programs at Stanford University, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the National Health Care Institute at the University of Michigan.