With numerous volunteer positions to his credit, the retired University of Washington professor turned the page on another significant contribution on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in his final meeting as a member of the Shoreline Community College Board of Trustees.
“I’m a strong believer in community,” Olstad said during a moment in the meeting to honor his service. “I’ve represented the Shoreline and Lake Forest Park communities over the years. The college is another community that has become very important to me and I’m a sorry to be leaving, especially at this time of change.”
State regulations require that trustees live within the designated college service area. Olstad, a longtime Lake Forest Park resident, is moving out of the college district in July. He has also served on the Lake Forest Park City Council, chaired the city’s Environmental Quality Commission and co-chair of the Friends of Third Place Commons.
Current Board Chair Phil Barrett said he Olstad was chair when he came on the board. “I have modeled myself after Roger; his calm and thoughtful approach.”
Olstad served as trustee starting in October, 2006.