For Immediate Release
November 18, 2014

The Lower Columbia College Foundation has named Steve Vincent as its 2014-15 Benefactor of the Year.

Benefactor honorees have a history of providing charitable financial support to the Foundation, and/or significant volunteer service to Lower Columbia College. Most notably, their contributions have had a demonstrated impact on the college, its programs, students or the community.

Steve Vincent served nine years on the LCC Foundation Board of Directors, including two years as the Foundation Board’s president, and chaired the Foundation’s highly successful Reaching Higher fundraising campaign which generated $4.6 million in donations benefiting the Rose Center for the Arts, scholarships, equipment and college programs. Vincent currently serves as one of the Lower Columbia College Board of Trustees’ liaison to the Foundation.

As part of the Foundation’s current Building Healthy Futures fundraising campaign, Steve was involved in securing an Economic Development Administration (EDA) matching grant for $845,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The grant is part of a $1.7 million project to provide state-of-the art equipment for the College’s new Health and Science Building.

"Steve has been a visible supporter throughout the community, continually advocating the importance of LCC in the economic development infrastructure of Cowlitz County," said LCC Foundation Board President Bob Gregory.

"He also serves on the Cowlitz County Economic Development Council and has strongly emphasized the ability of LCC to support the workforce training capabilities of LCC to attract and retain business in the county."

In addition to his business and community leadership, Steve and his wife, Maxine, have also supported the college through academic scholarships, internship opportunities for students, and by partnering with LCC to provide professional development training for employees.

They are founding members of the LCC Foundation’s Wertheimer Planned Giving Society, where they have made a commitment to continue their support for student success at LCC through their estate giving plan.

Born and raised in Longview, Steve graduated from R.A. Long High School in 1969; Lower Columbia College in 1971, and the University of Washington in 1974. He also completed post-graduate coursework from the UW in Pulp and Paper Technology while working at Weyerhaeuser from 1974 to 1986.

In 1986, Steve left Weyerhaeuser where he was the manager of the Research and Development Analytical Laboratory to co-found his company, Columbia Analytical Services. At the time of its sale to the ALS Corporation in 2011, CAS had grown into one of the largest and most reputable independent testing labs in the United States, providing testing services from six facilities to industry, government and private party clients.

Steve remains active in many national and local trade, professional, and volunteer organizations, including the Cowlitz Economic Development Council; the American Council of Independent Laboratories; and the PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center Governing Board.


For additional information contact:

Erin Brown, Executive Director of Foundation and College Development, Lower Columbia College, 360.442.2131,

See also: Lower Columbia College Foundation

News and Media Contact:

 Wendy Hall, Vice President, Effectiveness & College Relations, Lower Columbia College


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