Paul Francis is Executive Director of the Council of Presidents, which represents the state’s six public baccalaureate institutions in Olympia and conducts various other collaborative endeavors on behalf of the institutions. Francis joined the Council of Presidents as associate director in 2011.
Prior to joining the Council of Presidents, Francis worked for five years on higher education policy issues for the Washington State House Democratic Caucus, as well as for the General Government Appropriations Committee.
Francis was born in Australia and grew up in Tucson, Arizona. He is a first generation college student who holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science and a master's in public administration, both from the University of Arizona.
After earning his bachelor’s degree, Francis worked in the University of Arizona’s Office of Admissions and New Student Enrollment. He later worked as a senior admissions counselor with the University of Washington’s Office of Admissions.
Term expires: To be determined by Council of Presidents