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Tom Olson
Tom Olson
President
Triton College Foundation

Class of 1977

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I have unlimited respect for Triton College. This institution not only helped launch, but became my proud career. It’s an honor to share space on this monumental masterpiece with this group of distinguished individuals, who like myself and others, have experienced the strength and power of a Triton College education – the biggest and best there is!

Biography
Tom Olson held the position of Executive Director of Marketing at Triton College, where he has been employed since 1983, previously serving as a Graphic Designer and Director of Creative Services and has been installed as President of the Triton College Foundation Board of Directors.

In 1998, Olson was recognized as Communicator of the Year by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, a highly-recognized national collegiate organization, for his graphic design and marketing skills. Tom is also a member of Triton College FY09 President’s Leadership Academy and in November of 2010 he received the President’s Excellence in Service Award – an award given to individuals who repeatedly go above and beyond the call of duty for Triton College.

Olson is a 1970 graduate of Stevenson School (Melrose Park), a 1974 graduate of Proviso East High School (Maywood) and a 1977 graduate of Triton College.

He is an active supporter of many youth, civic and charitable organizations throughout the area. In 2003, Tom was elected Veterans Park District Commissioner and was re-elected in 2009, working hard to help carry out the mission of the park district and provide support for our community.

In 2007, Olson was honored as the 114th Annual Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Man of the Year and in 2009 as the 48th Annual Melrose Park Flowers of Italy Club Man of the Year. At each event, he set up and pledged student scholarships via the Triton College Foundation to support the mission of each organization and benefit the students of Triton College. In 2011, Olson was honored at the Triton College Foundation's 19th Annual President's Reception for his dedication to public service, community and the pursuit of excellence in education. Tom received the Triton College Student Association Award of Prestige in 2012 and in 2014 was recognized as the TCSA Person of the Year for continuously demonstrating passion and unwavering support to the student body.

Olson is extremely proud of his family, many friends and coworkers, and is grateful for their kindness, dedication, support and generosity.