Gov. Jay Inslee has selected Debbie Campbell to serve on the Centralia College Board of Trustees effective Nov. 1. Campbell replaces Joanne Schwartz, who served as a trustee since 2008. Schwartz’s term ends Oct. 31.
“We are very excited to welcome Debbie Campbell to the Centralia College Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Bob Mohrbacher, Centralia College president. “Debbie is so deeply connected to our community and the students we serve. She comes into this position with wisdom and experience that will serve our students very well. She’s passionate about education and opportunity, and has worked her entire career to improve people’s lives. She’s a great addition to the college board of trustees.”
Campbell was born and raised in Centralia and graduated from Centralia High School. She has a long history of volunteer service. While working at Security State Bank, Campbell began volunteering with United Way of Lewis County, serving as president and campaign and marketing chair of the Board of Directors. She became the executive director of the organization in 1999.
In addition, Campbell has served as president of the Lewis County Historical Society and the Altrusa Club of Centralia-Chehalis, and on the board of directors of the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce. She has served as the president of the United Ways of the Pacific Northwest Association and currently sits on the board of directors.
In January 2008, Campbell was recognized by Gov. Chris Gregoire in her State of the State address as a local flood relief leader. In addition, she was nominee for the 2008 Jefferson Award, which honors ordinary Washingtonians who do extraordinary things for others, their community, the nation, and the environment.
Campbell and her husband Dave live in Chehalis. They have three children and seven grandchildren.
Trustees in the state’s two-year college system serve 5-year terms.