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California State University, Stanislaus administration, faculty and staff bid a fond farewell to the university’s assistant vice president for communications and public affairs on Friday. Kristin Olsen (pictured center) will soon be leaving her post at the university to tackle the challenges of the California State Assembly.

Olsen ran unopposed on the November ballot for the 25th Assembly District. She will leave Stanislaus after four and half years of helping the university become the prestigious center for higher education it is today.

Olsen also left her other job, as a Modesto City Council member, to take on new challenges in Sacramento.

“There’s a lot of meaning to know you work at a place where you support the lives of students directly or indirectly,” Olsen said. “It means a great deal to help future parents, business and community leaders.

“I also look forward to this new challenge. I am ready to get to work on government reform and improving the economy.”