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Tom Quillin picked for board seat

A 40-year-old Intel manager has been appointed to the Beaverton School Board.

On Monday, the board selected Tom Quillin as its newest member, replacing Mike Osborne who died last spring.

Quillin was named the applicant of choice in a 5-to-1 vote in a field that attracted five other residents interested in the position. Board member Ann Jacks supported Dawn Bonder, a former member of the district's budget committee who ran unsuccessfully against Osborne in the last election for the Zone 2 position.

A Bethany-area resident, Quillin said he was 'very excited' to be on board. Quillin is the father of three children, one who is in preschool, the other two who attend Findley Elementary School.

An ecosystem development manager for Intel's business client group, Quillin has lived in the district for eight years. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Iowa and a master of business administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

On Monday, board members heard from members of the community, who spoke in support of either Bonder or Quillin. Other potential appointees had included Barclay Burns, Doug Michel, Jim Kinnier and Lesly L. Sanocki. The board interviewed all six during a work session last month.

Before their vote, board members described attributes they'd like to see in a new member.

Jeff Hicks said he was looking for someone with the ability to collaborate with other board members, while Chuck Meyer said he was looking for someone with business acumen who would be compatible with the existing board.

Other qualities the board said were important included knowledge of the district and carrying on Osborne's board philosophy.

Board Chairwoman Priscilla Turner said she wanted someone who could work with the board and respect the opinions of others. Also, she said she wanted to bring the views of other younger parents on board 'because we're all getting older.'

Jacks later said she supported Bonder because she's in touch with a large constituency, knows many legislators and worked hard on the district's local option levy. Jacks said she received 37 e-mails from the public in support of Bonder.

Reached Wednesday, Quillin said he was pleased at the large number of those who applied for the position and believes the board has several pressing needs.

'I really want to focus on - my No. 1 priority - is that the bond passes in November,' said Quillin. He also wants to look at budget spending and the implementation of new curriculum, tracking the success of both of those items.

'I (also) want to make sure the community knows about the good things happening in the district,' he said.