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Former college faculty member named to board of trustees
Posted: 8/27/2013

Doris Wood

Governor Jay Inslee named Doris Wood, who served a 21-year career teaching at Centralia College, to the college’s five-member board of trustees. She begins her appointment immediately.

“Doris was an outstanding and highly valued instructor and she will be an excellent addition to the board,” Dr. Jim Walton, college president, said. “As a former member of the faculty she brings a unique perspective. She has a long history with the college and is active in the community. We appreciate having her on the board.”

As a member of the board she is responsible for providing general direction to the college president as expressed in END or goal statements and to advocate for the college in the community. Wood earned her bachelor’s degree from Colorado State College and has her master’s from the University of Northern Colorado in speech communications. She taught kindergarten for a year then taught junior high for 20 years in a small, school district just a few miles from her hometown in rural Colorado.

The next stop for the Wood family was Port Orford, Ore., where her husband took a job as school superintendent. She taught music in the Port Orford system (K-12), put on school programs, started a jazz choir, high school and junior high choirs, and an elementary chorus. For four years she taught junior high English and math.

With their horizons broadening, the family next traveled to Barrow, Alaska, where her husband had accepted the job as North Slope Borough school superintendent. There, she taught English, literature, and speech at the high school. Returning to the Pacific Northwest, Doris, in 1989, applied for a position at Centralia College. She was asked to fill in for a speech instructor who needed emergency surgery, and within a few months a permanent position opened. She applied and got the job.

Twice during her career at Centralia College she received the Exceptional Faculty Award for excellence in the classroom and service to the college and the community. She retired in 2010.

Wood will serve the remaining four years of Margaret Sundstrom’s term. Sundstrom, a resident of the Randle area, served nearly 16 years on the board.

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