On February 12 at a special meeting of the KVH Board of Commissioners, Dr. Roy Savoian was chosen to fill the vacant position on the Board of Commissioners for Kittitas County Public Hospital District No. 1. This five-member governing body oversees the operations of the public hospital district that covers Lower Kittitas County and does business as Kittitas Valley Healthcare. Dr. Savoian will be sworn in to office on February 22 at the regularly scheduled Board meeting.
The KVH Board of Commissioners solicited letters of interest following the resignation of Rich Elliott in December 2017. There were ten applicants for the position.
The Board had recently conducted a thorough self-assessment to identify its strengths and weaknesses. The results of the assessment suggested the Board look for candidates with experience or community connections in the areas of finance, agriculture, and philanthropy. Four candidates who had exceptional strength in these areas participated in interviews.
“Dr. Savoian brings an expertise in financial management and economics that will greatly benefit Kittitas Valley Healthcare,” said Matthew Altman, KVH Board President. “In addition to his academic career Roy has a long history of civic engagement, including work on governing boards, and a strong connection to this community.” The decision to select Roy Savoian as the appointee was unanimous.
Dr. Savoian was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. After receiving both a B.A. and Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California in Santa Barbara, he went on to a 40 year academic career at universities in Oklahoma, Indiana, Virginia, Colorado and Washington. In 1998 he and his wife Alana moved to Ellensburg, where he served as Dean of the College of Business until his retirement in 2012. He has served most recently on the Life Support Board of Trustees, Galloway & Nielsen Foundation Board of Directors, and the Junior Achievement of Washington and Junior Achievement of Central Washington Board of Directors.
Roy will serve on the KVH Board of Commissioners until the November 2019 general election, at which time the position will be publicly elected. He will be eligible to run for the position if he chooses. The elected candidate will serve a full six-year term, through 2025.