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Clark College Trustee Addison Jacobs (left) is congratulated by Clark Trustee Sherry Parker. 
Clark College Trustee Addison Jacobs (left) received the 2010 Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges (TACTC) Award for Leadership.  She is congratulated by Clark Trustee Sherry Parker.

Clark College trustee Addison JacobsClark College Trustee Addison Jacobs received the Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges (TACTC) Award for Leadership during the 2010 TACTC Spring Conference, held in Wenatchee on May 20-21, 2010.

Jacobs, who is Public Affairs Director for the Port of Vancouver, joined the Clark College Board of Trustees in 2000.  She current serves as board chair.  

In the nomination, Jacobs was described as:  “A problem solver’s problem solver,”  “a consummate professional,” and “an outstanding, effective leader” who “quietly gets things done – usually behind the scenes.”  

During the time in which Jacobs has served on the Board of Trustees, Clark became the second largest community/technical college in the state with new facilities at Columbia Tech Center and WSU Vancouver as well as growth at its main campus in Vancouver’s Central Park. 

The decade also saw the launch of eLearning, new programs including medical radiography, the creation of a strategic plan, the opening of the college’s Teaching & Learning Center, the college’s 75th anniversary celebration, and the strengthening of the college’s partnership with the Clark College Foundation.

Clark College President Robert K. Knight said, “Addison Jacobs is a consummate professional.  Her dedication to the mission of Clark College over the past ten years is unequaled.  Clark College and its students have benefited immensely because of her leadership.  It’s deeply gratifying to know that our statewide trustees association values her contributions as much as we do.”

Clark College Trustee Rhona Sen Hoss added, “From her leadership role at the college to serving as a champion in Olympia and Washington, D.C., Addison serves tirelessly on behalf of Clark College students.  She has truly impacted the lives of thousands of students – and the vitality of our entire region – not just for the past decade but for decades to come.”

The TACTC award for leadership “recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in furthering the mission of community and technical colleges.”   Nominees were judged on their contributions to an individual college, the state system or two-year colleges at the national level; their  impact in advancing community, district, state or national issues; and their role in building public support for community and technical colleges in the state.

TACTC officials noted that the number and caliber of nominations this year was extremely high.  Reflecting that level of excellence, two trustees were honored in two categories.   

TACTC Award for Leadership:

  • Addison Jacobs, Clark College

  • Pamela Transue, Tacoma Community College

Trustee of the Year:

  • Judy Guenther, Centralia College

  • Wayne Martin, Columbia Basin College

Partner of the Year:

  • Puget Sound Automobile Dealers Association

Outstanding Advocate for Equity:

  • Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (nominated by Seattle Community Colleges)

The Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges (TACTC) is comprised of all the trustees of the two-year college districts in Washington.  TACTC provides support and coordination for trustees in the areas of education, communication and advocacy.

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