The Lakeland College Board of Trustees elected two new members and bid farewell to two retiring members at its meeting on Oct. 22.
Sheboygan community leader Tryg Jacobsen and Lakeland graduate and former Sheboygan businessman José Araujo were elected to three-year terms.
The Lakeland Board also recognized two retiring trustees — Doron Green and Harold Gries. Both were elected to Trustee Emeritus status, the highest honor that can be bestowed to a retiring board member.
Araujo, who received his undergraduate degree from Lakeland in 2005 and his master of business administration in 2009, served for five years as the program director at Sheboygan's Partners for Community Development and is now the associate director of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin.
He remains active with the college by participating in focus groups and career development programming. Araujo received the Top Young Professional Award of Sheboygan County in 2013, and Lakeland's Outstanding Recent Alumni Award in 2014.
Jacobsen was the owner and chairman of Jacobson Rost for almost 30 years. In 2010, he founded Jake's Café, a 20,000-square-foot creative campus inspired by Richard Florida's book “The Rise of the Creative Class” and the award-winning architectural firm of Kubala Washatko. Located in downtown Sheboygan, Jake's Café is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary community of creative thinkers that enjoy working together to solve business and marketing problems in unique ways.
Jacobsen was a longtime board member of Kohler Foundation, and is heavily involved in the sailing community, including serving as a director of the U.S. Sailing Center in Sheboygan.
Green, a 1970 Lakeland graduate and longtime leader in the financial services industry, served on the board for 24 years. He spent most of those years on the board's academic and student affairs committee and recently on the enrollment and retention committee. He will continue to serve on the Lakeland Foundation board. Green also was Lakeland's head men's tennis coach, and is a member of the college's Athletic Hall of Fame honoring his own standout tennis career.
Gries, a 1965 Lakeland graduate who later earned his doctor of medicine and led development of several medical facilities, served on the board for just more than 20 years. He spent the bulk of his work devoted to the board's marketing and development committee, now called the external and community relations committee. A Sheboygan native and graduate of South High School, Gries lives in Phoenix, Ariz., and often hosted students, donors and friends of the college on many occasions. In 1994 he received Lakeland's Alumni Association award for outstanding professional achievement.