Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees, President, Cabinet members, dignitaries, community members, personal friends and family, faculty and staff members paid tribute to Mr. Joseph Kosai for his years of service and dedication to the college recently.
Mr. Kosai (center), Dr. John Walstrum, president of Clover Park Technical College(left), and Hidehiro Hosaka, Senior Consulate-General of Japan (right).
Mr. Kosai announced his resignation from the Board of Trustees earlier this year. He was appointed to the Board in 2002 by Governor Gary Locke. He served as Chair of the Board from 2004 ‚Äì 2005.
Mr. Kosai was awarded an honorary plaque for his six years of service to Clover Park Technical College. Presenting the honor were Amy Goings and David Harkness from the Clover Park Foundation, who graciously thanked Mr. Kosai for his contributions to the college.
Current Board Chair, Mary Moss presented a special award and thanked Mr. Kosai for his service to the Board of Trustees. Senior Consulate-General of Japan, Hidehiro Hosaka spoke eloquently about Mr. Kosai’s many personal donations to the Japanese-American community in the greater Puget Sound region.
“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. “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’s 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. Later this year, Clover Park Technical College will plant a Japanese Maple Tree on campus in Mr. Kosai’s honor.