Alice Dietz, perhaps best known for her work with Cowlitz PUD, returned to Lower Columbia College this October as the newest member of the college’s board of trustees.

Dietz, an LCC alumna and Longview resident, was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to fill an open position on the board, following the end of former trustee Heidi Heywood’s term. The governor’s office appoints all community and technical college board positions through an open application process.

“It is wonderful to see an alumna of LCC coming back to serve the college,” said LCC President Chris Bailey in a prepared statement Thursday. “Alice has been a leader in the community for all of her adult life. I am looking forward to the additional leadership and vision she will bring to the LCC Board of Trustees.”

Dietz, 34, is the spokeswoman for Cowlitz PUD, where she’s worked since 2005. She also served as the director of programs at the Cowlitz Economic Development Council from 2012 to 2015 and held a position on the LCC Foundation Board.

Currently, she is involved with several community groups, including United Way, Kelso Rotary, St. Rose School Commission and the KLTV Board.

“When asked to apply for the trustee position, I decided I was going to go for it,” Dietz said in an email Thursday. “LCC laid the foundation for my future, and being able to give back to a school that I feel provided so much for me is exciting.”

Dietz attended LCC from 2002 to 2004, where she also played on the women’s soccer team. Her husband, Douglas, was also a Red Devil student-athlete.

She said her background in athletics helps her understand how to work with others.

“My experience as an athlete has played a huge role in my career and my ability to work as a team toward a common goal,” she said.

After receiving her bachelor’s in public administration with an emphasis in community development from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Dietz returned to Longview to work with the PUD. She currently resides in town with her husband and two sons, Deacon, 14, and Doc, 5.

“Watching the growth of the college over the last decade has been exciting,” Dietz said. “Our community’s economic development depends on the quality of life that a higher education institution like LCC provides our community.”

Dietz said she is “honored to have an opportunity to add even a sliver of growth to the college.”

“(Dietz) has always been a supporter of LCC, and this is one unique way to provide some leadership and assistance for us,” said Wendy Hall, LCC spokesperson. “It’s nice to see our students come back and help us in this way.”

The position opened this month after Heywood completed a 10-year tenure on the board. Dietz was appointed to a five-year term, but may serve up to 10 years total.

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