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Thurston Assessor Drew to replace Barbara Clarkson on SPSCC board

Thurston County Assessor Steven Drew is the newest member of South Puget Sound Community College’s board of trustees after he was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee.
Thurston County Assessor Steven Drew is the newest member of South Puget Sound Community College’s board of trustees after he was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee. Courtesy

Thurston County Assessor Steven Drew has been appointed to the South Puget Sound Community College’s board of trustees to replace longtime trustee Barbara Clarkson.

Drew was appointed Sept. 20 and his term is set to begin Nov. 2.

Clarkson has served on the board for 14 years.

Before he took office as assessor in January 2011, Drew worked in the insurance industry for 30 years, and owned an insurance claims adjusting business.

Drew is familiar with the community college experience. He took community college classes to earn his state adjuster license, and his son attended community college through the Running Start program as a high school student. His son earned an associate of arts degree at SPSCC before transferring to the University of Washington.

Clarkson was appointed to the board in 2004. In a news release, the college credited Clarkson with spearheading significant annual events, including the Martin Luther King Jr. banquet and students of color recruiting day.

Clarkson received the 2017 ACT Equity award from the Washington State Association of College Trustees for her impact on students and the community.

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