TACOMA, Wash., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Banking System, Inc. (Nasdaq: COLB) announced that at today's Annual Meeting of Shareholders, voters elected Kelso Gillenwater and William T. Weyerhaeuser as new members of the Company's Board of Directors. They will join the existing 15 members of the Board who were all reelected at today's meeting. New Director Kelso Gillenwater recently retired as president and publisher of Tacoma's daily newspaper The News Tribune, a position he held for seven years. Prior to his move to Tacoma, he was for ten years the publisher of the Tri-City Herald in the communities of Pasco-Kennewick-Richland in southeast Washington. Active in civic, cultural, governmental and business activities in Tacoma-Pierce County and throughout Washington, Gillenwater is immediate past president and director of the Pacific Harbor Council of the Boy Scouts of America and is on both the board of directors and executive committee of the Washington State Historical Society. He is a director of the International Glass Museum and the Pilchuck Glass School. Gillenwater also serves as a member of the Washington Commission on Judicial Efficiency and Accountability and on the 2020 Commission, a blue ribbon task force appointed by Governor Gary Locke to recommend changes in the state's higher education system. New Director William T. Weyerhaeuser, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist operating a private practice in Tacoma. He is director of Potlatch Corporation, a position he has held since 1990, as well as owner and chairman of the board of Comerco Inc., holding company for the Yelm Telephone Company since 1984. His civic affiliations include service as chairman of the board of the University of Puget Sound since 1993. Previously, he was vice chairman of the board as well as a trustee for that University since 1978. He is both past president and former trustee of the Tacoma Art Museum. Weyerhaeuser graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Economics. He earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, and an M.A. in Theology from the Fuller Theological Seminary. Columbia Banking System is a Tacoma, Washington-based bank holding company which operates Columbia Bank, a state-chartered full-service commercial bank with 23 branch offices in Pierce, King and Cowlitz counties.
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