Rick Anthony, who was appointed to the Capital Region Educational Service District 113 Board of Directors in 2006, resigned his position on October 10, 2019, after serving the organization during a 13-year period of growth and change.
As the board’s president from 2012 to 2014, Rick Anthony oversaw a period of dramatic growth of the agency, with the expansion of student support services, the opening of the agency’s GRAVITY program, significant changes in data management, and the retirement and replacement of a long-time leader. Additionally, Rick served as the president of the Association of Educational Service Districts Executive Board, where he directed the renewal of the Association’s strategic plan.
Rick credits the hiring of current superintendent Dana Anderson among his most important contributions to the ESD. He was the incoming board president when longtime ESD 113 superintendent Dr. Bill Keim retired in 2011 after 10 years of leadership.
“I have enjoyed serving on the board and the state association and have had so many rewarding experiences,” He said. “I will miss the board and staff, as we have grown to be like an extension of my family.”
“Rick is an exceptional board member, mentor and friend and will be greatly missed,” said Superintendent Anderson. “Rick always has advocated for the needs of our small districts, and asks challenging questions of the board and staff. His knowledge and experience, and his belief in the power of the ESD to support our communities will be greatly missed. Rick continually challenges us to step up to the next level of service,” he added.
Rick Anthony represented Director District 1, which includes Morton, Mossyrock, Onalaska, Rainer, Tenino, Toledo, White Pass and Yelm.
Recruitment for a new board member to fill Director Anthony’s position will begin immediately.