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8/10/2007 Local residents join Linfield leadership team

McMINNVILLE – Four local community leaders have been named to the President’s Club Leadership Team at Linfield College.

Mike Colvin and Lee Howard of McMinnville, Bob Stewart of Newberg and T.K. Olson of Portland are the newest participants to join the 12-member leadership team, which works with Linfield President Thomas L. Hellie to recruit President’s Club members, who contribute $1,000 or more annually to the college. In 2006-07, the team led efforts that resulted in a 24 percent increase in President’s Club members, according to Kathryn Karr, President’s Club chair and a 1988 graduate of Linfield.

In addition, team members advise Linfield staff on matters of interest to donors and key constituents and serve as ambassadors for the college.

Howard, former vice president for College Relations at Linfield, spent more than three decades in fundraising at institutions of higher education. He has been involved in numerous community and professional organizations serving as church moderator, chair of a county National Eagle Scout Association and president of the Colorado Society for Personnel Administration. He was a member of the CASE District VII Executive Committee and has served on the boards of United Way, Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce.

Colvin is general manager of Chuck Colvin Auto Center in McMinnville. The family owned and operated dealership has been in business since 1911 and is the oldest Ford dealership in Oregon. He is the father of a Linfield freshman this year.

Stewart, who earned Linfield degrees in 1966 and 1969, is the former mayor of Newberg. Once a teacher and coach at Newberg High School, Stewart also worked as first a building inspector and then as building official for the City of Newberg until his retirement in 2002. He was

named citizen of the year by the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanian of the year by Kiwanis International. He is a member of the Yamhill County Parkway Commission and the First United Methodist Church.

Olson, a 1957 Linfield graduate, is managing partner of Olson & Associates Consulting. He was president of the association of all 31 private universities in Indiana, on the staff of the governor of Indiana and executive director of the Educational Coordinating Commission. Prior to that post, Olson served as a professor, department chair and university academic officer at York University in Toronto, Canada, and was public affairs commentator and analyst for the national television network of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Before moving to Canada, he was a legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate for four years, on the staff of Senator Maurine Neuberger from Oregon.

Additional members of the President’s Club Leadership Team include Martha Cox of Beaverton, a Linfield trustee and class of 1972; Everett Curry of Hillsboro; David Dillon of Tigard, class of 1989; Glenn Kuhn of Camas, class of 1971; Bob Martyn of Pacific City, class of 1952; Jeff Owens of Clackamas, class of 1979; and Debra Seifert of Portland, a trustee and class of 1976.

For more information on the Linfield College President’s Club Leadership Team, contact Karr at 503-407-7007 or Jodi Kilcup, assistant vice president for College Relations, at 503-883-2387 or