Board member Mary Tipton

Posted: December 13, 2016

At its regular meeting on December 12, the Camas School Board accepted the resignation of Board President Mary Tipton with heavy hearts. Tipton read her letter to the board, indicating the reason for her resignation was her move to a residence outside of her director district.

“I feel honored and privileged to have served as a member of the board for the past eight years. During this time, it has been a wonderful opportunity for me to be able to work alongside my fellow board members in support of such an outstanding team of administrators, staff, and teachers who make up our district,” Tipton said. “I admire their dedication to bringing excellence in education to all our students.”

Tipton joined the board in November, 2008. She was appointed and then elected to fill a vacancy that her husband, Gary Tipton, left after he suddenly passed away. Both Tiptons shared a commitment to the Camas School District after many years of volunteering in the schools and with the Camas Educational Foundation. All three Tipton daughters attended and graduated Camas schools.

“This is truly a loss for the district. Mary exhibits empathy, intelligence, and thoughtfulness in her role on the board. We all appreciate her commitment to service. Her legacy of educational leadership is truly extraordinary,” commented Superintendent Jeff Snell.

“We are saddened by Mary’s announcement and wish her the best in the future,” board Vice President Julie Rotz said. “She has been instrumental in our adoption of policy governance and has always served Camas School District with professionalism.”

Tipton is a founding member of the Camas Educational Foundation. She served three terms on its board as treasurer, legacy fund chair, and vice president. She also led the initial investigation committee for the Camas High School Math, Science, and Technology Magnet Program. She is retired from Hewlett Packard where she had a 27-year career as an accountant and later manager of teams who worked with several Hewlett Packard owned businesses.

There will be a reception for Tipton at the next regular school board meeting on January 9, 2017, at 5:30 PM.


The Camas School Board will seek applicants to fill the vacancy on the board that results from Tipton’s resignation.

The appointee will fill the District 5 position until the 2017 election cycle. The winner of that election will serve the remaining two years of the Tipton’s four-year term.

The district has posted on its website details about the application process and deadline. For information, call 360-833-5412.