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COMMUN N O T N E B LINN ITY COLLEGE - 50 YEARS IN T HE MAKI N Some 50 years later, LBCC Founding Board Member Russell Tripp would find himself celebrating the college’s 50th Anniversary, held September 29, 2017 – just not in a barn. classes start in September of that year. “It was the busiest time of my life,” said Tripp in an interview with LBCC’s student newspaper. Through the years, Tripp has seen “It’s very encouraging to see all the college transform from those that has taken place, not only in early days in ’67, holding classes in Albany, but Lebanon, Corvallis, and barns and basements and serving Sweet Home. It’ss more development 2,400 students, to a 104-acre Albany than we ever thought would take campus, centers in Corvallis, Lebanon, place, we knew it would be a great S and Sweet Home, and serving more thing for this community.” than 19,000 students and community The board would spend those early members today. years forming the basis for LBCC’s Advocating to bring a community policies and philosophies which Groundbreaking ceremony for LBCC’s Albany campus, college to Linn county, Tripp was would carry the college forward. September 17, 1970, left to right: Founding LBCC board member Russell Tripp, State Superintendent of Education elected in 1967 to serve on LBCC’s Dale Parnell, LBCC board member Glenn Huston, and LBCC In 1979, after 12 years of service, first board of education. Interim President Robert Adams. Tripp retired from the college board. That first board had a lot of work That same year he was honored with Sweeping out an old barn in 1967 so ahead of them to get the newlyLBCC’s Distinguished Service Award students could attend class there was formed college up and running, and an Honorary Associate Degree including appointing the first college for his contributions. not in his job description as a college president, Dr. Eldon Schafer, who put out a lofty goal to have the first In 2004, Tripp and his wife, Duffy, board member. But sweep he did. Content Sponsored by: G help fund Russ Tripp at LBCC’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Display shows 1970 photo of groundbreaking ceremony for the LBCC Albany campus, with Tripp standing with shovel on the far left. a renovation of the college theater. Upgrades included state-of-theart lighting and sound system, and new carpet, paint, curtains and reupholstered seats. In recognition of their contribution, the theater was renamed to the Russell Tripp Performance Center.

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