Chair of Evergreen's Board of Trustees Called to Active Duty

May 14, 2004

Dr. Stan Flemming, president of the board of trustees of The Evergreen State College, has been called to active duty with the Army Reserves where he holds the rank of colonel. Flemming is senior member of the Family Health Medical Group in University Place . He reports to his unit, the 139 th Medical Group, on May 16 for a six-to-12-month assignment overseas in the war on terrorism, where he will be in charge of all medical units and facilities in the area.

"Stan's willingness to serve wherever needed has earned him the respect and admiration of his friends and colleagues here at Evergreen and throughout the region," said Dr. Thomas L. "Les" Purce, Evergreen president. "We will truly miss his capable and thoughtful leadership while he is away. Our best wishes and prayers go with him."

Flemming has served on the board since his 1997 appointment by Gov. Gary Locke, assuming the chairmanship two years ago. He resigned that position at the board's meeting on May 12.

Flemming is a city councilman for University Place . He served as the mayor of University Place from 1995-96 and as a state representative from the 28 th legislative district from 1992-95. Among his many civic affiliations are memberships in the Association of Washington Cities, Communities in Schools, Tacoma Musical Theater, Northwest Primary Care Association, Washington State Medical Association and the American Medical Association.

His many awards for community service include the Pierce College Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Howard O. Scott Citizen of the Year award and the Pumerantz-Weiss Award for Excellence in Medical Education and as a Role Model Physician. Flemming was also the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce's Citizen of the Year. He has published a number of articles on HIV, AIDS health care and health-care reform.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Flemming has received several honors, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and the Humanitarian Service Award. He is a combat veteran of the Persian Gulf War in 1991 .

Flemming earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington , a master's degree from Pacific Lutheran University and a doctorate in osteopathic medicine from the Western University of Health Sciences. He and his wife, Martha, have three children.

Nine Evergreen students and two staff members have been called to active service during the past two years. Seven students and one staff member are currently stationed in Iraq.

Contact: Kate Lykins Brown, (360) 867-5213
President Thomas L. "Les" Purce, (360) 867-5300