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WSU Vancouvers Dengerink named 2011 First Citizen

first_imgo What: Reception to honor H.A. “Hal” Dengerink as Clark County’s First Citizen for 2011.o When: 4 p.m. June 1.o Where: Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St.o Tickets: $35 per person.o Information: Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, 360-694-2588 or “Hal” Dengerink, who has overseen the growth of Washington State University Vancouver from its out-of-the-way start to what’s now described as a first-class college campus, is Clark County’s First Citizen for 2011.The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington announced Monday that the chancellor of Washington State University Vancouver represents the exemplary citizenship and community service the award has recognized for more than 70 years.Dengerink will receive the award at a 4 p.m. reception June 1 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St.“I am honored to have been selected as the 2011 First Citizen,” Dengerink, who was out of town Monday, said via email after the announcement. “I am quite touched and humbled to be in the club with so many other wonderful citizens from the community whom I value dearly.”When Dengerink arrived in 1989, WSU Vancouver was housed in Bauer Hall on the Clark College campus. During his 22-year tenure, the institution has expanded to occupy a 351-acre Salmon Creek campus, with eight academic buildings. More than 3,000 full- and part-time students are enrolled in almost 40 fields of study.“I have been fortunate to sit on the campus advisory committee and have had a front-row seat to watch Hal’s mastery of strategy take that campus from a grassy, open cow field to a first-class facility,” said John White, a former Clark College trustee. White, a vice president with engineering and land-use consulting company Berger ABAM, was named the county’s First Citizen in 2007.last_img read more