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Wadley named Trustee of Year by state trustees association

South Puget Sound Community College Trustee Richard N. Wadley was recently named the 2012 Trustee of the Year by Washington state’s Trustee Association for Community and Technical Colleges (TACTC).  Wadley was recognized with the honor at the June 25 TACTC Spring Convention in Moses Lake.  The award honors a trustee for serving as an outstanding community or technical college leader.

“I am humbled,” Wadley said. “I truly consider this honor is really for our college and the dedicated people who deliver upon our promise every day.”

Wadley was appointed to the South Puget Sound Trustee Board in 1996, and he served as Board chair twice: from 2001-2003 and from 2006-2008. Over the past 14 years, he has made major contribution to the college, including his involvement with the acquisition of land for a second campus in Lacey and his activity in long-term capital facilities and strategic planning for the college.  Wadley has twice led the presidential search efforts for the Board of Trustees.

Wadley has also been deeply engaged in the work of TACTC. He served five years on the organization’s Auditing Committee, chairing it one year.  He has also served on TACTC’s Education Committee, Finance and Budge Committee, Resolutions and Bylaws Committee and as a member of the 2004-2005 Operating Budget Task Force.

In his nominating materials, Wadley was noted for his masterful leadership abilities and his generous support of others.

“I have truly appreciated Dick’s mentorship,” said Gerald Pumphrey, president of South Puget Sound Community College. “His prior experience as a senior executive officer in the private sector has given him a breadth of perspective that he has willingly shared with me, to my benefit.”

“Dick has served not only for a long period of time, but with extraordinary commitment and principle,” Pumphrey said.


Dean of College Relations
Kellie Purce Braseth
South Puget Sound Community College
(360) 596-5214
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