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NIC: Time to put the trust back in trustee

| September 4, 2022 1:00 AM

North Idaho College, our community college by the lake for 89 years, has been a shining gem for Idaho higher education. Year after year the college received exemplary ratings from the Northwest Commission on College and Universities for its education programing, leadership, financial strength and governance. Yet, under the immediate past board of trustees, led by Todd Banducci, the college for the very first time received a warning letter and was placed on monitoring due to non-compliance related to, among other, the failure of the board to demonstrate high ethical standards in governance and management.

The Commission went further to state that a lack of the board’s demonstrable evidence of progress by the spring of 2023 to address the issues raised could result in a sanction of probation or show cause.

This is a swift and dramatic decline in the rating and reputation of our college. We cannot put our faith to fix the NIC board in the philosophies that broke it.

We need common sense conservatives with character to lead our community college, to be examples of principled collaboration, to provide workforce development and training so our youth are ready for the job market or advance their skills, to provide quality education and continue the significant positive economic impact the college makes in our community.

The right three for NIC are Pete Broschet, Brad Corkill and Tarie Zimmerman. Our college and community need their experienced and conservative leadership. Vote these three to put trust back in trustee.