Lakewood, WA — Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees would like to announce that Mr. Joseph Kosai has submitted the resignation of his membership to Governor Christine Gregoire. Mr. Kosai was appointed the Board of Trustees in 2002 by Governor Gary Locke. He served as Chair of the Board in 2004-2005.
Clover Park Technical College extends its gratitude to Mr. Kosai for his service and dedication to the college.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees and Clover Park Technical College, I want to thank Mr. Kosai and recognize his contributions to the direction of this educational institution,” said Dr. John Walstrum, president of Clover Park Technical College. “We are fortunate, indeed, to have had his wisdom and acumen for so many years to guide our college and help it become the fine institution it is today.”
Mr. Kosai dedicated his life to education. He received his master’s degree from the University of Puget Sound, and his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon College. Mr. Kosai has been a teacher, coach, and school administrator. In addition to his years of service on the CPTC board, Mr. Kosai is a retired administrator from Tacoma Community College and owner of the Kabuki Japanese Restaurant in Lakewood.
Mr. Kosai is a strong advocate for Japanese-American affairs in Pierce County. He is a board member of the Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizens League.
His years of service and dedication to the Japanese-American community in the Tacoma- Pierce County region garnered him the Order of the Rising Sun Gold Rays with Rosettes Medal by the Japanese Emperor Akihito in 2006. Mr. Kosai was presented the medal for his work with the Tacoma Buddhist Church and Northwest District Council of the Buddhist Church, and named as one of Tacoma’s Home Town Heroes.
Mr. Kosai also has the honor of having a park named after him in Takuma, Japan, which is one of Tacoma’s Sister Cities. Clover Park Technical College will recognize Mr. Kosai’s six years of service and his contributions to the College with a ceremonial tree planting.