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Alumni board member wants all students to have great college years

David Johnson’s e-mail address and eBay handle start with “Lute.” It’s a fitting moniker for the man who has dedicated much time and effort to PLU, crediting the university with giving him confidence and opportunities that allowed him to pursue a career in higher education.

“In high school I was quiet and shy. When I went to PLU, I was a scared undergrad, but I made a conscious effort to change that,” he said. “The man I am today is because of the experience I had as a student.

He became involved in ASPLU, planned events and joined volunteer groups. Now he is known as a superb event planner and public speaker, and he uses those gifts in his job, his church and his community.

Johnson ’74, ’77 is a class representative and member of the alumni board. He organized the 25th reunion of the class of ’74, is planning the 30th forthis October and started the first alumni list serve. He has hosted Lute tailgate parties near his home in Orange, Calif.

He is director of judicial affairs at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, overseeing student conduct and producing major campus events. Johnson, said he understands the importance of a good education – and a nurturing campus atmosphere.

“I enjoyed being a college student, and I want other students to have a good experience,” said Johnson, who has worked at Cal Poly Pomona for 23 years.

Johnson volunteers on the youth board of his church and has served on the boards of the Inland Valley Volunteer Resource Center in Pomona, the Cal Poly Federal Credit Union and the Daria Bearden Foundation for the Arts in Tustin, Calif. He serves on the board of California People of Faith Opposed to the Death Penalty.

“PLU gives opportunities to take on leadership roles and stresses an obligation to serve others,” he said. “I think a lot of graduates go on to do that.”

Johnson and his wife, Jan (Marshall ’77) have one daughter in high school. He urges other alumni to become involved with the mission to “build lifelong Lutes with deep roots.”

You can reach him at


Alumni Board

John Carr ’87
West Linn, Ore.

Clayton Cowl ’88
Rochester, Minn.

Alvin Dungan ’59
Eden Prairie, Minn.

Dennis Howard ’64
Eagle River, Alaska

Don Isensee ’64
Klamath Falls, Ore.

Clarene (Osterli ’56) Johnson
Lakewood, Wash.

David Johnson ’74
Orange, Calif.

Beverly (Tranum ’55) Knutzen
Shelton, Wash.

Jon Kvinsland ’63
Gig Harbor, Wash.

Dale Nienow ’79
Bellevue, Wash.

Lisa Ottoson ’87
Spanaway, Wash.

Jeff Rippey ’78
Portland, Ore.

Pam (Weeks ’72) Russell
San Diego, Calif.

Carmen Rowe ’92
Tacoma, Wash.

Mari (Hoseth ’96) Lyse
Sumner, Wash.

Susan (Hildebrand ’76) Stringer
Bellevue, Wash.

Dick Weathermon ’50
Sumner, Wash.


Lauralee Hagen ’75, ’78
Director, Alumni & Parent Relations

Darren Kerbs ’96
Associate Director, Alumni & Parent Relations

Katie Karlin
Program Coordinator, Alumni & Parent Relations

James Plourde
Acting Vice President, Development & University Relations

Chelsea Blegen ’06
Executive Director, Student Alumni Association

Joel Zylstra ’06
ASPLU President


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