The Bastyr University Board of Trustees unanimously voted to appoint Harlan Patterson as university president. The 40-year-old university has a primary campus in Kenmore, Washington, and a second campus in San Diego.

Patterson was appointed to the office of interim president in July of 2017, following nearly six years of service on university’s board of trustees. He continues to guide the university in the execution of its five-year strategic plan, according to the school.

“Mr. Patterson has provided steady leadership amidst a challenging time and has identified key goals to advance Bastyr’s mission and the welfare of its students,” said Tayloe Washburn, representing the Bastyr University Board of Trustees

Prior to his role as interim president, Patterson served in a number of executive capacities with the University of Washington, including vice chancellor for finance and administration at University of Washington Tacoma. He also served as executive director of the Washington Vaccine Alliance.

Patterson holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s in business from Montana State University.

Bastyr University is a nonprofit private university offering doctoral, graduate and undergraduate degrees, with a multidisciplinary curriculum in alternative medicine.