Centralia College Trustee Joanne Schwartz has been named Trustee of the Year by the Washington Association of College Trustees (ACT).
Schwartz has served as a college trustee for 10 years and has a long history of public service. In 1984, she was the first woman elected to the Lewis County Board of Commissioners, serving two terms. She was the director of community service and economic development administrator for the city of Chehalis. She also served as the community relations and marketing director for Centralia General Hospital. She was a founding member of the Lewis County Economic Development Council and is currently serving her first term on the Chehalis Industrial Commission.
In addition to the various professional and elected positions she has held, Schwartz has been continuously involved in many community service activities. She was a co-founder of the Chehalis Foundation and currently serves as the Foundation’s secretary. The Chehalis Foundation, among its other goals, is the primary supporter of the Chehalis Student Achievement Initiative, a partnership between the Chehalis School District and Centralia College aimed at assuring that 60 percent of Chehalis high school graduates earn a college credential. She has also served on the Centralia Hospital Community Ministry Board and is a longtime member of the SERTOMA service club.
“Joanne is a well-known and well-respected member of the local community. Her sterling reputation reflects well on the college and helps to create important partnerships in the community,” said Jim Lowery, board chairman. “She is also outgoing, warm, and a delightful person. We are honored to have served with Joanne Schwartz as trustees of Centralia College.”
Schwartz will receive her award at the ACT spring conference May 10 in Vancouver.