Rishwain’s three-year term begins next July.
“We are fortunate to welcome Connie Rishwain to the university’s Board of Regents,” said Board of Regents Chair Kathleen Lagorio Janssen. “Her leadership, vision and commitment to making a difference in the lives of others will be a tremendous asset as we strive to make Pacific an even stronger institution for our students and our region.”
Rishwain is a 1979 graduate of University of the Pacific. She was president of UGG Australia from 2002 through 2015 and led the brand’s growth since 1999 from a niche boot to must-have fashion footwear.
Rishwain also implemented the UGG brand focus on social responsibility and its commitment to children in need. One example was Art and Sole, a program where celebrities customize boots that were auctioned online to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Rishwain also sits on the board of KIDS (Kids in Distressed Situations) – Fashion Delivers, which has distributed more than $1 billion in products to children impacted by poverty or tragedy.
Rishwain is a graduate of Stockton’s Stagg High School and completed a bachelor’s degree in history at Pacific in three years. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband, Jeff Rishwain, their two children, Alec and Demetra.