LCC Board of Trustees member Thomas Rasmusson is retiring this month after 13 1/2 years of service on the board.
To honor Rasmusson, a reception was held Dec. 17 in LCC’s Administration Board Room.
Rasmusson said his decision to join the board was simple. He saw an opening on the board and jumped at the opportunity.
“It’s been a very interesting experience and I’m glad I did it,” Rasmusson said. “I think I brought a level of integrity and independence to the board.”
According to Benita Duncan the board secretary, Rasmusson has been a member of the board longer than any other trustee in LCC history.
Lawrence Hidalgo Jr., who was voted in this past election, will replace Rasmusson on the board. Hidalgo is expected to be sworn in sometime next month.
Members of the board, gathered at the event to reminisce and say their farewells to Rasmusson.
“It’s be a joy, I’m really going to miss him,” said Duncan, secretary to the board since 2006. “He has been very instrumental in helping me and acclimating me to my job. I’ve really learned a lot from him.”
At the event, Trustee Debora Canja, Chair Larry Meyer and President Brent Knight commented on the outstanding standards Rammusson brought to the board.
“Ethics are important to Trustee Rasmusson. He was always a voice of good ethics,” Knight said. “He is an attorney, so his counsel was appreciated in that realm as well.”
Meyer has been a member of the board for two years and has known Rasmusson for more than 25 years.
“(Rasmusson) really set the ethic standards for purchasing and some of the other things here at the college that weren’t strong bounds of ethics, but they are now,” Meyer said. “He’ll (leave) a lasting legacy.”