The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) has selected Janet Reaume, Centralia College’s executive assistant to the president and board of trustees, as recipient of the 2017 Pacific Regional Professional Staff Member Award.
Reaume won the Washington State award in May and, as a result, was nominated for the regional award. She will formally receive her award during the annual ACCT Leadership Congress in Las Vegas on Sept. 27. She is now under consideration for the national ACCT award.
“Janet is the perfect example of what an executive assistant should be. She represents the president and the trustees with professionalism, is courteous to anyone who contacts the president’s office, and always willing to take on difficult projects,” said Jim Lowery, chairman of the Centralia College board of trustees. “We were so proud when she was named the professional for the Washington State Trustees Association, and even prouder that she has been selected to represent our region at the national trustee meeting. We won’t be surprised if she is named the national winner.”
Reaume has been working at the college since 2008, starting as an office clerk for the WorkFirst program. She was immediately recognized as a hard worker and picked up extra hours in departments across campus. President Dr. Jim Walton (now retired) was so impressed with her, he asked her to help in his office part-time. She transitioned to full time in 2010.
As the executive assistant, Reaume serves both the president and the board of trustees. She coordinates meetings and travel schedules, tracks budgets, serves as a primary contact for the college, addresses community inquiries, and prepares informational materials and resources for the trustees. She also serves on a number of campus committees and coordinates with state and legislative offices on college matters.