August 29, 2022

Atchison Departs Lewis & Clark

Image of Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship Chris Atchison Image of Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship Chris AtchisonDirector of Donor Relations and Stewardship Christine “Chris” Atchison retired from Lewis & Clark this month after 14 years of service.

“Chris has been a key member of the Advancement leadership team for many years,” Vice President for Advancement Josh Walter said. “Although we wish Chris well on her new life adventure, we will greatly miss her attention to detail, care for our community, and incredible work ethic.”

When asked what she enjoyed most while working at Lewis & Clark, Chris said: “The people, and I believe in Lewis & Clark’s mission. We need to graduate as many thoughtful, well-educated, broad-minded people as possible.”

Regarding the work Chris has done at L&C, she is most proud of the targeted approach to stewardship she developed over the years while expanding our stewardship outreach. She has loved creating special donor related events, and mentioning that, “It’s a high to see the hard work come together and people’s enjoyment and appreciation of the efforts.”

In her retirement, Chris plans to travel, enroll in a Master gardening program, read, hike, kayak, and most of all, spend more time with her 15-month-old granddaughter Parker. That said, Chris recognizes that she will probably pursue some side gigs for fun and interest, and that she is excited about learning a new language – likely French.

Since Chris and her husband Vic moved to Oregon and became part of the L&C community in 1991, she has felt that the college is part of her. Chris said, “I’ll truly miss the energy and excitement of working in Advancement, which I’ve been doing for 40 odd years, and will miss all the wonderful colleagues and friends I’ve known through the years. This is truly a special place.”