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August 26, 2013
For Immediate Release

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A dedicated community servant renews his commitment
to education in Southwest Washington

Jack Burkman

Vancouver City Councilmember Jack Burkman is reappointed
to the 
Clark College Board of Trustees


VANCOUVER, Wash. – Jack Burkman, who has been an active member of the Southwest Washington community for almost three decades, was recently reappointed to the Clark College Board of Trustees by Gov. Jay Inslee. His five-year term will begin Oct. 1, 2013. This will be Burkman’s second term on the board; his first began in 2008.

“I am happy to see Jack Burkman reappointed to the Board,” said Clark College President Robert K. Knight. “He has been a valuable member of the board for the past five years. I look forward to working with him for the next five years. He stays engaged with the college and supports the college in many ways, including serving on committees, attending events and being an active presence on campus.”

“Serving on the Clark College board is an amazing chance to help shape educational opportunities for people of all ages in our community,” said Burkman. “Time after time I hear stories of how Clark College helped someone fundamentally change their life for the better and in ways they never knew they were capable of doing. Clark College helps people succeed and I’m honored to play a part in that.”

Burkman added that he was excited to be part of new initiatives to expand Clark’s services, including a new satellite location offering classes to the communities of the Columbia River Gorge; a soon-to-be-built facility on Clark’s main campus for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; and a new campus in north/central Clark County. “I look forward to seeing Clark grow and change, to continually improve in our ability to meet our students’ needs,” he said. “Our work really is all about the student.”

About Jack Burkman

Burkman is currently a Vancouver City Councilmember. He most recently served as the Southwest Region Planning Manager for Washington State Department of Transportation. Prior to that, he worked for Hewlett Packard for nearly 28 years – including 21 years in Vancouver. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Montana State University and is a Certified Professional Coach with training from Antioch University in Seattle.

Burkman has been an active participant in the Southwest Washington community since shortly after he moved to the region three decades ago. He served on the Vancouver City Council from 1998 through 2001 and was elected again in November 2009. He currently serves on the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council, Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation, and Bi-State Transportation Committee.

In addition to his role as a Clark College Trustee, he has been involved in many other community organizations and institutions, including the Columbia River Economic Development Council, NAACP, Fort Vancouver Regional Library Board, YWCA Clark County Board, and the Cascade Park Civic Association. He is also currently the Treasurer for League of United Latin American Citizens.