On October 21, 2015, Governor Jay Inslee appointed John M. Meyer to Western’s Board of Trustees to fill a six year term through September 30, 2021.
Meyer, a resident of Mount Vernon, served as a Skagit County Superior Court Judge from 1997 until 2015. He also served as a District Court judge in Skagit County from 1995 to 1997. He was in private practice and partner in the Gilbert and Meyer Law Firm from 1975 to 1994. Prior to that he served as a staff attorney with the Federal Power Commission in Washington, D.C.
Meyer has extensive community and civic involvement by serving as a member on numerous boards, including the Board of Judicial Administration, the Sentencing Guidelines Commission Board, the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Board, and Skagit Valley College Board; serving as chair of the Board of Judicial Administrations Court Education Committee, the Skagit County Law and Justice Board, and the Skagit Homeless Youth Task Force; serving as dean of the Washington State Judicial College; serving as treasurer of the Superior Court Judges' Association; and serving as president of the University of Washington Alumni Association Board, the Skagit County Bar Association, the Skagit Valley College Foundation, Mount Vernon Kiwanis, and the Skagit Valley Family YMCA.
During his career Meyer has received many honors, including 2009 Judge of the Year, Washington State Association for Justice; and as an honoree in the Skagit Valley College Hall of Fame. Meyer earned his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Washington and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. John and his wife, the former Susan Johnson, have been married 48 years. They have two married daughters and four granddaughters.