Washington Courts: Press Release Detail
State Court Administrator Selected as President of the National Center for State Courts
April 19, 2004
OLYMPIA - April 19, 2004 – Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerry Alexander announced today that State Court Administrator Mary C. McQueen has accepted the position of President of the National Center for State Courts based in Williamsburg, Virginia.
McQueen has worked in the Washington Court System for 25 years, and has served as the State Court Administrator since 1987. Her resignation will be effective September 30, 2004.
Chief Justice Gerry Alexander said of the announcement, “This is a great honor that has been bestowed on Mary. Her selection as the next President of the National Center reflects highly on her, as well as on the court system of this state which she has served so ably for the past 17 years.”
In her new role as President of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), McQueen will head the non-profit court reform organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice and providing leadership and service to the state courts. The Center was founded in 1971 with the encouragement of the then Chief Justice of the United States, Warren E. Burger.
In an announcement of her decision to the judicial community, McQueen stated that she shared the honor of the appointment with the judges and court staff throughout Washington State. “Your commitment to our state’s judicial system is the ingredient that has, for my twenty-five years at AOC contributed to the public’s trust and confidence in government.”
The NCSC made the announcement this weekend at the Board’s mid-year meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia. Chief Justice of California Ronald M. George, chair of the National Center’s Board, said the decision was unanimous. McQueen replaces Roger K. Warren who has served as NCSC president since 1996.
“Mary McQueen is a natural for the presidency of the National Center,” said Warren of the announcement. “She is an experienced state court leader and administrator with vision, energy, and determination. The National Center’s future will be in very good hands.”
Prior to joining the Administrative Office of the Courts, McQueen served as court planning officer for the Washington, D.C. courts, and as court planning officer for the Kentucky Department of Justice. She earned a law degree from Seattle University and has attended post-graduate programs in judicial administration through American University, the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and through the National Center’s Institute for Court Management.
According to statute, the State Court Administrator is appointed by the Supreme Court from a list of five names submitted to the Court by the Governor. The position heads the Administrative Office of the Courts, which was established in 1957 to provide professional and technical support to the state’s 255 courts. The agency operates under the direction and supervision of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
CONTACT: Chief Justice Gerry Alexander, Washington Supreme Court, 360-357-2029.
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