By Senators Swecker, Fraser and Kohl-Welles



     WHEREAS, Dr. Henry P. Kirk has served with distinction as President of Centralia College from 1986 to 2002; and


     WHEREAS, Centralia College has benefitted tremendously with Dr. Kirk at the helm, improving the quality of programs and services, and increasing student enrollment; and


     WHEREAS, Dr. Kirk has provided professional leadership by serving as President of the Washington Community and Technical College Association; and


     WHEREAS, Dr. Kirk has interacted positively with the Washington State Legislature by participating in the legislative process, making presentations to committees and working productively with legislators; and


     WHEREAS, Dr. Kirk has helped stimulate the economic development of the College service area by providing needed education and training programs and by working as a member of the Lewis County Economic Development Council; and


     WHEREAS, Dr. Kirk has actively strengthened the community by serving in leadership positions for the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce, Providence Hospital Foundation, United Way, City of Chehalis Historic Preservation Commission, Westminster Presbyterian Church and other community organizations;


     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Washington State Senate honor and recognize Dr. Henry P. Kirk for his sixteen years as President of Centralia College, and forty years of service in higher education, and extend best wishes in his retirement effective June 30, 2002; and


     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to Dr. Henry P. Kirk and representatives from Centralia College.



I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate,

do hereby certify that this is a true and

correct copy of Senate Resolution 8753,

adopted by the Senate March 8, 2002.





Secretary of the Senate