State trustees recognize 6 for service to community, technical colleges
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Association of College Trustees (ACT) today announced the association’s 2016 ACT Award winners. The annual award recognizes dedication to Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges and the nearly 386,000 students they serve each year. The six awardees are:
- Trustee Leadership Award: Richard “Dick” Van Hollebeke, immediate past chairman of Edmonds Community College Board of Trustees
- Chief Executive Officer Award: Dr. Steven VanAusdle, president, Walla Walla Community College
- Partner of the Year: Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility and Bryan Watland, training superintendent, nominated by the Olympic College Board of Trustees and Bryan Watland, training superintendent, nominated by the Olympic College Board of Trustees
- Equity Award: Highline College Board of Trustees and President Dr. Jack Bermingham
- Professional Staff Member Award: Candy Lacher, associate vice president of student services, Big Bend Community College
- Faculty Member Award: Patrick Pringle, professor of Earth Sciences, Centralia College
Award nominees were submitted by the boards of trustees of the community and technical colleges. The association will formally honor the awardees at its spring convention in Bellevue May 12.
“Our community and technical colleges and states would not be what they are without these awardees,” said Kim Tanaka, the director of ACT. “They and each of the nominees show tremendous dedication to our students, making their education that much more meaningful.”
The ACT awardees represent a wealth of experience and dedication.
- Richard “Dick” Van Hollebeke served on the Edmonds Community College Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2015. During his time on the board, he was elected chair, a board officer and ACT (formerly Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges) secretary. Prior to his tenure on the board of trustees, Van Hollebeke was a member of the Edmonds Community College Foundation Board of Directors. He also served as a member of the advisory board establishing the college’s horticulture program.
- Dr. Steven VanAusdle is retiring after 31 years as president of Walla Walla Community College. During his tenure, Dr. VanAusdle positioned WWCC as a key economic development partner in southeast Washington, opening programs in winemaking, water management and wind energy technology – all vital to the region. As a result, the Aspen Institute in 2013 named WWCC as the nation’s top community college along with Santa Barbara City College.
- The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) and Olympic College have successfully partnered on an apprentice program since the 1950s. With leadership from Training Superintendent Bryan Watland, the two organizations developed and continually refine the rigorous apprentice program to satisfy the shipyard’s need for skilled trade personnel and shop supervisors. In addition to the apprentice program, the two organizations created an education and training program for helpers and entry-level shipyard employees, as well as an after-hours program designed to support the employees’ professional growth.
- Highline College’s commitment to diversity and equity is reflected in the Board of Trustees’ Cultural Diversity Policy, the college’s mission statement, and the college’s institutional-effectiveness metrics. Led by President Dr. Jack Bermingham, the college’s daily commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice manifests itself in services, innovations, and programming that meet diverse needs. The college community celebrates diversity and promotes equity through events like Unity in Diversity Week, LGBTQIA Month, and the Faculty and Staff of Color and Allies reception.
- Candy Lacher serves as associate vice president of student services at Big Bend Community College. With 26 years of experience, she uses her broad knowledge base to advocate for student success for BBCC’s diverse population. Lacher supervises a large team, including counselors, registration staff, student success center staff, and the student activities director. She regularly mentors students, athletes, and staff and promotes and serves BBCC through the Moses Lake Kiwanis Club. When brainstorming with staff, her first question is “How will this impact students?”
- Professor Pringle devotes countless hours to supporting his students’ interests and provides hands-on guidance and opportunities to explore. In addition to teaching, he inspires geoscientific studies in many public presentations and media interviews, including The Discovery Channel, New York Times, Earth Magazine, and Oregon Field Guide (Oregon Public Broadcasting). He is a leader in regional geosciences, providing professional guidance and insight into the exploration and interpretive understanding of the region’s most beloved resources, including Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood, and Mount Rainier. His expertise on these geologic matters is widely sought by other experts and agencies, including the Department of Natural Resources, local emergency support and response groups, and the Nisqually and Chehalis tribes.