Transforming Lives, Transforming Generations
Steve and Jean Pennington
Steve Pennington graduated from high school and went to work for The Boeing Company in 1967 in Everett, Washington, as an airframe mechanic in the Operations Division. He used the skills obtained there when he later served in the U. S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Following his service, he and the other members of his unit were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for Exemplary Service.
Steve continued his military service as a member of the Washington Air National Guard after he returned to the Seattle area. After starting a family, he achieved an Associate of Arts degree at Edmonds Community College and went on to study for three years at Central Washington University. Having begun at Boeing as an entry-level mechanic, he returned, advancing to Operations Supervisor, General Supervisor, Superintendent, and Business Unit Manager over the next few decades. He retired as Operations Director, working with airline and business executives and providing support to sales of commercial aircraft to foreign carriers in Ethiopia, South Africa, Turkey, Pakistan and South Korea.
Steve joined the Board of Directors of the Edmonds Community College Foundation in 1998 as a representative of Boeing's College and University Executive Program, and has been a strong voice of support for the College ever since. He also participates actively in the student veterans club on campus and has been an advocate for all of the initiatives promoted by the College and Foundation over the years. In 2002 he was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award.
In 2012, Steve stepped up to a pivotal role in the Foundation's campaign to raise $1 million to enhance the College's services to students who are veterans, serving as co-chair for the Boots to Books and Beyond Campaign. His own military service record and educational experience at Edmonds, as well as his exemplary record of giving back to his college, are an inspiration to the community. Steve's wife, Jean Pennington, is a valuable part of the Foundation's Gala committee and has been for nearly a decade. She offers countless volunteer hours for the success of the event and for the mission of the Foundation. In 2017, she was awarded the Foundation's Outstanding Volunteer Award. Steve and Jean have made education their legacy and included the Edmonds CC Foundation in their will. Their hope is that generations to come can enjoy Edmonds CC as much as they have.