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CBC in Pasco Unveils Center Named After Former President

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PASCO, Wash.-- The Science and Technology Center at Columbia Basin College has a new name.  The building is now called the Lee R. Thornton Center for Science, Diversity, and Technology.  It's named after Lee Thornton who was the  president of CBC for 13 years.

Thornton just retired this June, but he had the vision for this building and that was realized in 2005 when the $20-million building first opened.  The building has new classrooms, science labs, technology labs, and a courtyard.

Thornton says it's a unique building and he likes being associated with unique things.  Thornton explains, "I'm very happy to have my name associated to this building because, as I mentioned in my remarks, it's a very unique building that really symbolizes our mission in a number of different ways."

Lee Thornton may have retired but he says his spirit is still at CBC and now his name will be there forever.  He lives on the west side now and is still in the education industry, working as a consultant for the Northwest Commission for Colleges and Universities.