Marc Gaspard of Puyallup will join the Board of Trustees of the Pierce College District in November. Gaspard was appointed by Gov. Christine Gregoire to replace long-time board member Elizabeth Willis of Lakewood. Willis has been appointed to the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges.
Gaspard has a long history of advocacy for higher education. As a member of the Washington State House of Representatives and Senate president, he helped gain the funding that built the first building to open at Pierce College Puyallup in 1989. Pierce College Puyallup gained full college status in 1999.
Gaspard resigned from the Legislature in 1995 to become the executive director for the Higher Education Coordinating Board. He is the president of the Washington Financial League and he serves on the board of directors for Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, and for VADIS and the Association for the Developmentally Disabled.
Gaspard’s father, Gordon, served on the original Board of Trustees for Pierce College. The first building constructed at Pierce College Puyallup was named in honor of the Gaspards’ contributions to the college.
“We look forward to adding Marc Gaspard’s leadership, vision and experience to our board of trustees,” said Pierce College Chancellor Michele Johnson. “Beth Willis has been an outstanding leader and advocate, and we feel fortunate to have found someone of Marc’s caliber to join us as she moves to a statewide leadership role.”
Gaspard will complete Willis’ term on Pierce District’s board, which expires Sept. 2008. He will be eligible for reappointment at that time.