Photos: John Lawson retirement party

Western Today staff
  • John Lawson, right, laughs during the speech portion of his retirement celebration June 30 in the Old Main Solarium on campus. At his right is Melinda Assink, administrative assistant to the provost. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
    John Lawson, right, laughs during the speech portion of his retirement celebration June 30 in the Old Main Solarium on campus. At his right is Melinda Assink, administrative assistant to the provost. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
  • John Lawson, left, talks with University Police Chief Darin Rasmussen at a retirement party held for Lawson June 30, 2016. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
    John Lawson, left, talks with University Police Chief Darin Rasmussen at a retirement party held for Lawson June 30, 2016. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
  • John Lawson, second from left, chats with (left to right) Steve Swan, vice president for University Relations and Community Development; Bob Schneider, recently retired from Administrative Computing Services; and Frank Roberts, recently retired from ATUS.
    John Lawson, second from left, chats with (left to right) Steve Swan, vice president for University Relations and Community Development; Bob Schneider, recently retired from Administrative Computing Services; and Frank Roberts, recently retired from ATUS.
  • John Lawson hands flowers to his mother, Wilma, at a retirement celebration held in his honor June 30, 2016, at Western Washington University. Wilma Lawson told a few stories of her son in his youth at the ceremony. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
    John Lawson hands flowers to his mother, Wilma, at a retirement celebration held in his honor June 30, 2016, at Western Washington University. Wilma Lawson told a few stories of her son in his youth at the ceremony. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
  • John Lawson's wife, Sue Ann, and mother, Wilma, pose for a photo at a retirement celebration held in Lawson's honor June 30, 2016, in the Old Main Solarium at Western Washington University. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
    John Lawson's wife, Sue Ann, and mother, Wilma, pose for a photo at a retirement celebration held in Lawson's honor June 30, 2016, in the Old Main Solarium at Western Washington University. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
  • John Lawson chats with Brian Burton, Western's associate vice president for Academic Affairs, at Lawson's retirement party June 30. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
    John Lawson chats with Brian Burton, Western's associate vice president for Academic Affairs, at Lawson's retirement party June 30. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
  • A retirement celebration was held June 30, 2016, in the Old Main Solarium in honor of John Lawson, who is leaving Western after 10 years as the university's chief information officer. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
    A retirement celebration was held June 30, 2016, in the Old Main Solarium in honor of John Lawson, who is leaving Western after 10 years as the university's chief information officer. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
  • John Lawson chats with Paula Dagnon, an associate professor of Elementary Education in Woodring College of Education, at a retirement party held in his honor June 30, 2016. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
    John Lawson chats with Paula Dagnon, an associate professor of Elementary Education in Woodring College of Education, at a retirement party held in his honor June 30, 2016. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
  • John Lawson and J. Scott Williams pose for a photo at Lawson's retirement party June 30. Williams retired from Western several years ago. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
    John Lawson and J. Scott Williams pose for a photo at Lawson's retirement party June 30. Williams retired from Western several years ago. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
  • Interim CIO Greg Smith, left, chats with Eileen Coughlin, Western's senior vice president for Enrollment and Student Services, at a retirement party for WWU CIO John Lawson June 30, 2016. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
    Interim CIO Greg Smith, left, chats with Eileen Coughlin, Western's senior vice president for Enrollment and Student Services, at a retirement party for WWU CIO John Lawson June 30, 2016. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
  • Attendees of John Lawson's retirement party June 30 share a laugh in the Old Main Solarium. Lawson is retiring after 10 years at Western. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
    Attendees of John Lawson's retirement party June 30 share a laugh in the Old Main Solarium. Lawson is retiring after 10 years at Western. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
  • John Lawson displays a fishing-themed quilt given to him by several WWU faculty and staff at a retirement celebration in his honor June 30, 2016. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
    John Lawson displays a fishing-themed quilt given to him by several WWU faculty and staff at a retirement celebration in his honor June 30, 2016. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
  • John Lawson's mother, Wilma, shares a few words about Lawson's caring and protective nature during a retirement celebration for Lawson June 30, 2016, at Western Washington University. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
    John Lawson's mother, Wilma, shares a few words about Lawson's caring and protective nature during a retirement celebration for Lawson June 30, 2016, at Western Washington University. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
  • John Lawson hugs his mother after she spoke a few words at his retirement celebration June 30, 2016, at Western Washington University. Lawson is retiring as Western's CIO. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
    John Lawson hugs his mother after she spoke a few words at his retirement celebration June 30, 2016, at Western Washington University. Lawson is retiring as Western's CIO. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
  • After commenting that his wife Sue Ann is the biggest reason he's had success as CIO at three different universities, John Lawson presents her with flowers. The two have been married for 45 years. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
    After commenting that his wife Sue Ann is the biggest reason he's had success as CIO at three different universities, John Lawson presents her with flowers. The two have been married for 45 years. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
  • John Lawson, right, stands with Western Provost Brent Carbajal at Lawson's retirement celebration June 30. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
    John Lawson, right, stands with Western Provost Brent Carbajal at Lawson's retirement celebration June 30. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
  • John Lawson, right, stands with Greg Smith, who is replacing Lawson on an interim basis as CIO at Western. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
    John Lawson, right, stands with Greg Smith, who is replacing Lawson on an interim basis as CIO at Western. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
  • John Lawson chats with his wife during a retirement celebration in his honor on June 30, 2016. Lawson is retiring as Western's chief information officer. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
    John Lawson chats with his wife during a retirement celebration in his honor on June 30, 2016. Lawson is retiring as Western's chief information officer. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
  • Sara Wilson, left, and Ted Pratt sign a memory book for John Lawson at his retirement celebration on June 30, 2016, in the Old Main Solarium. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
    Sara Wilson, left, and Ted Pratt sign a memory book for John Lawson at his retirement celebration on June 30, 2016, in the Old Main Solarium. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
  • Guests of John Lawson's retirement party were invited to sign cards that were to be added to a memory book for Lawson. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU
    Guests of John Lawson's retirement party were invited to sign cards that were to be added to a memory book for Lawson. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU

John Lawson, Western Washington University's vice provost for Information Technology and chief information officer, is retiring after 10 years at Western.

A party was held in his honor on Thursday, June 30, in the Old Main Solarium.

Photos by Jonathan Williams / WWU

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 11:34am

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