Ali Tarhouni

Ali Tarhouni becomes leading figure in Arab Spring

Ali Tarhouni, a senior lecturer, takes an indefinite leave of absence from the Foster School and becomes a leading figure in the Libyan opposition government that deposes Moammar Gadhafi during the “Arab Spring.” A native of Libya and 40-year enemy of the Gadhafi regime, Tarhouni serves as finance minister and acting prime minister in the transitional government.


PACCAR Hall dedicated

PACCAR Hall is dedicated. The state-of-the-art headquarters of the Foster School is an architectural marvel, designed by Seattle’s LMN Architects. 135,000 square foot building encompasses modern classrooms, breakout rooms, faculty offices, board rooms, “Orin’s Place” café and a soaring atrium, MBA and undergraduate lounges, and the ground-floor Shansby Auditorium. The LEED Gold building receives the American Institute of Architects 2013 Institute Honor Award, the highest recognition of excellence in architecture and urban design.

Demolition of Balmer Hall

Balmer Hall razed

Balmer Hall is razed to make way for Dempsey Hall. Kicking off the deconstruction is a celebratory “Goodbye to Balmer High” event that brings hundreds of alumni to bid a fond farewell.