The Chancellor’s Award for Service to WSU Vancouver is given at the discretion of the chancellor to recognize and salute selfless dedication and commitment to the WSU Vancouver community. The award honors an individual who expresses that commitment through participation in campus activities, leadership on behalf of WSU Vancouver and dedication of time, talent and resources toward advancing the university’s mission.
President and COO, Riverview Community Bank
“Community” is more than a middle name for Riverview Community Bank. It’s a philosophy, a mission, a commitment, a way of life. As the bank’s motto says, “Community is such an important part of who Riverview is that we put it in our name.”
Two hallmarks of the bank’s community involvement are its personal service and its philanthropy. Riverview contributes nearly 2 percent of its before-tax income each year to organizations serving Southwest Washington and Oregon in the areas of education, economic development, children’s services, and arts and culture. The bank’s officers and staff serve on boards and donate hours of volunteer time. The company has been recognized as one of the top corporate philanthropies in Washington.
WSU Vancouver is one of the fortunate beneficiaries of Riverview Bank’s community spirit. President and COO Ron Wysaske is an alumnus from the university’s first graduating class, earning an MBA in 1989. He has spoken to business classes, served as an adjunct professor to teach a class in banking, and was the first chair of the WSU Vancouver College of Business Advisory Board.
And when the Notable Alumni award was created last year, in honor of the university’s 25th anniversary, Ron Wysaske was among the awardees. He will speak on behalf of the alumni at the 2015 commencement.
Wysaske is not the only Riverview representative who has made a mark on the campus. Kim Capeloto, executive vice president, has served on the advisory council for the Creative Media and Digital Culture Program and the Diversity Advisory Board. He has emceed the Scholarship and Service Recognition program and helped with fundraising. Sharif Burdzik, vice president, has also served on the Diversity Advisory Board. P.J. Fisher ‘03 and Rob Benke ‘05, small business lending officer and credit administration, respectively, serve on the Business Growth Mentor and Analysis Board. Riverview employees attend WSU Vancouver events, give money, promote the school in the community and help out students in many ways. For example, Riverview made it possible for all scholarship students to attend the 25th anniversary gala last November.
Riverview is a generous donor to WSU Vancouver, recently achieving Benefactor status for $100,000 or more in cumulative giving. The bank also supports a scholarship for undergraduate students in business and has sponsored numerous events for alumni and students over the years.
Riverview’s community is growing. The bank now has locations in 15 Washington cities and three in Oregon. And that has been good for WSU Vancouver too. Riverview has hired several alumni who have progressed into leadership positions at the bank.