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Presidents convene at Centralia College for Class Act, Feb. 24
Posted: 2/13/2014

Dr. Nels Hanson, Dr. Hank Kirk, and Dr. Jim Walton

Leadership can often be defined by accomplishment. It can be the mark of an individual who has created and set in motion an idea that has a positive and lasting impact on others and society in general.

Three men, each with a distinctive style of leadership, have met that definition in their roles at Centralia College. They are Dr. Nels Hanson, Dr. Hank Kirk, and Dr. Jim Walton, three men who have served as college presidents since 1966.


[L-R: Dr. Nels Hanson, Dr. Hank Kirk, and Dr. Jim Walton]

The three will convene for a Class Act on Monday, Feb. 24, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Wickstrom Studio Theatre, in Washington Hall, on the college campus. Refreshments will be available.

You are invited to listen in as these two former presidents and the current president share memories of their time at the helm of the college. There will be opportunity for audience questions and answers.

Hanson, in 1966, was named the first president of Community College District Twelve, which is Centralia College. He served until 1981. Kirk was hired to lead the college beginning in 1986 and continued until 2002, when Walton was chosen to lead.

The success of that trio is told in the growth of the physical campus, the breadth of its programs, and the thousands of students who have attended the college and achieved their dream of a college education.

The Class Act is sponsored by Centralia Rotary and Centralia College Foundation.

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