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Pictured in the photo from left to right: Karen Pickett, Kendra Sprague of the LCC Foundation, and Dr. Vernon "Pete" Pickett.

The LCC Foundation will honor Dr. Vernon “Pete” Pickett, president of Lower Columbia College from 1980-1997, with the dedication of Pickett Plaza. The Foundation is naming the water feature and surrounding stone circle seating area near LCC’s Anderson Family Pavilion in honor of Pickett’s service to the college.

“LCC is fortunate to have had the opportunity to grow and thrive under Dr. Pickett’s dedication, service and leadership,” Chris Bailey, current LCC president, said in a prepared statement.

While President at LCC, Pickett led the college into the age of digital technology by upgrading the campus phone system, providing computers for staff, and establishing the first computer lab in an educational institution in Cowlitz County. Pickett also added the first Head Start building at LCC.

Campus expansion continued with the addition of the current Student Center, the Don Talley vocational building, the campus maintenance building and purchase of the Administration Building (once the former First Federal Savings location).

“LCC is a great institution and one I was privileged to be a part of for 17 years. I’m impressed of the progress that the college continues to make,” Pickett, who was granted President Emeritus status.

Pickett and his wife, Karen, continue to support LCC to this day. The couple regularly attends events on campus, and they are active in the LCC Retiree Association. They are members of the LCC Foundation’s Wertheimer Society, the college’s planned giving organizations.

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