WSU Regent Scott Carson (’72 Bus. Admin.) is the 2017 recipient of the Weldon B. Gibson Distinguished Volunteer Award, the WSU Foundation’s most prestigious service award. The award is named for the Foundation’s founding chair, the late Dr. Weldon B. “Hoot” Gibson (’38 Bus. Admin.), who, through his unselfish efforts and energy, gave shape and direction to the University’s fundraising activities. Receiving this award is an esteemed honor bestowed upon those individuals whose service is measured by the highest levels of impact and achievement. The award is presented during the WSU Foundation’s annual Recognition Gala each fall.
Scott, retired executive vice president of The Boeing Company and former president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, was recognized for his outstanding commitment and service to WSU that began as soon as he and his wife Linda were in a position to give back to their alma mater. The couple’s investments over the years have supported many WSU and community initiatives.
Scott led the successful $1 billion Campaign for Washington State University: Because the World Needs Big Ideas from 2006–2015 and chaired the United Way Campaign in King County from 2009–2010. He currently serves on the WSU Foundation’s Board of Governors, previously sat on the advisory board for the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, and was the Boeing executive liaison.
Scott is past chair of the Carson College National Board of Advisors and together, he and Linda supported a comprehensive remodel of Todd Hall’s first floor and the Carson Center for Student Success. They established The Boeing/Scott and Linda Carson Endowed Chair in Marketing to support teaching excellence, and in 2016 developed the Gordon B. Carson Endowed Scholarship to support certified business students in financial need. The Carsons support several other scholarships assisting WSU students, including those who have lost a parent, veterans, and those studying abroad. Additionally, Scott often shares his career and business expertise and advice through guest lectures and panel presentations.
The Carson College of Business was renamed in 2013 in recognition of Scott and Linda’s deep generosity and steadfast commitment.
“Coming to WSU Pullman, Vancouver, the Tri-Cities, or other WSU locations always feels like coming home,” Carson says. “The energy of WSU students brings me back time after time.”
Scott and Linda Carson with family
photo by Kristi Gutierrez