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CWU’s Wenger Elected National Association of College Stores Trustee

Steve Wenger, director of the CWU Wildcat Shop, has been elected among four new trustees to the National Association of College Stores (NACS). The professional trade association, which represent the $10 billion campus store industry, held elections for officers and trustees during its annual convention and trade show in Dallas.

Wenger is the only trustee or officer from a university or college in Washington elected by NASC members to its governing panel. CWU Auxiliary Operations Director Joseph Pearson nominated Wenger for the post. However, Wenger was also encouraged to apply by the immediate past president of NACS and two other trustees based on the strengths they believe he brings to the board.

“This is quite prestigious,” Wenger acknowledged. “There have been very few representatives from our state that have ever been on the board.”  

Only directors of member-institution stores are eligible for board service. While it is the first time Wenger has served specifically with NACS, he does have previous similar experience.

“I was a director for four years on the board for the Independent College Bookstore Association and spent two years as its secretary,” he pointed out. “As a director, I was involved with several committees and responsible for providing input on a number of matters under consideration and discussion. As secretary, I was part of the leadership team during weekly meetings with the executive board during our change over with hiring a new CEO.”

NACS supports nearly 4,000 campus stores in the United State and Canada, along with about 1,000 industry-related companies that supply course materials, other merchandise, and services those retail outlets.

“I have received so much from my involvement in and with the college store industry and I wanted to give back,” Wenger noted as his reason for seeking office. “In addition, being in this type of position will help ensure that the Wildcat Shop stays at the forefront and allows us to be part of the decisions that will affect an industry that is now experiencing and going through some dramatic changes.”

They include the increase of digital textbooks, Open Educational Resources, and enhanced learning materials.

As a NACS trustee, Wenger will be part of the membership and bylaws committee and, in his third year in the position, will serve as the committee chair. 

“Trustees are also expected to be a strong voice for member stores that make up the NACS membership and to help steer the organization’s decision-making process,” Wenger added. “I see myself as representing all of the stores in the region. Along with my work at Central, I have been the manager at a two-year college store and at a private university too. So, I believe I have the background, experience, and insight to offer advocacy for stores throughout the Pacific Northwest.” 

NACS also provides education and resources to member stores in support of student success, the campus experience, and academic missions of their institutions.

Media contact: Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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