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Thomas to be Inaugurated as 14th President of LCSC on Thursday, August 22nd
LEWISTON—On Thursday, August 22nd, 2002, Dr. Dene Kay Thomas will be officially installed as the 14th president of Lewis-Clark State College. The day has been long in coming.
Those familiar with the new president’s schedule can attest to the fact that she simply hasn’t had time for such details related to herself. She would have said there was no budget for it. Now, as the college prepares to greet students for the start of the fall semester, the formal event will finally take place, thanks to the generosity of the Lewis-Clark State College-Foundation.
The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m., in the college’s
Centennial Mall, in view of statuary commemorating the meeting of explorers
Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and the Nez Perce Indians. There, following
a year in her office on the second floor of the Administration Building,
friends, peers, family and the higher education community at-large will join
Thomas to recognize and celebrate her taking on leadership of the
north-central Idaho college.
After a year of navigating rugged financial and organizational terrain, Thomas has emerged, tempered by the experience, but confident as ever that LCSC is poised for better things; stronger, carefully honed and ready for that new day she first had in mind.
President Dene Thomas discusses and issue
with students at a "Dine with Dene" in the the SUB
In the difficult months now behind her, Thomas sees
positives that went hand-in-hand with the hard times. “I feel like I’ve been
here ten years already,” she says, reflecting on how she’s gotten to know
the school and the people associated with it. “We’ve come together as a team
to accomplish so much in so little time.” Others on campus go a little
further, calling this last year—Thomas’ first—“baptism by fire.” Vice
President for Administrative Services Dean Froehlich, who’s seen other
administrations and cramped budget years, said, “This kind of year would
have been tough for any administrator; but to take it all on as a new
president…. That’s not something just anyone would have been up for.”
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