North Idaho College trustees voted this week to increase the athletics budget by up to $2.6 million, contemplated censuring one of their own and shared new insight into a decision to appeal NIC President Nick Swayne’s reinstatement to the Idaho Supreme Court.
A Kootenai County judge has dismissed most of the claims in a civil lawsuit against three North Idaho College trustees, but claims focused on the contracts of the college’s former attorney and former interim president survive.
Emails reveal that North Idaho College attorney Art Macomber and trustees Greg McKenzie, Todd Banducci and Mike Waggoner used personal email addresses to secretly prepare for the public meetings where the board majority hired Macomber and ousted NIC President Nick Swayne.
North Idaho College trustees voted 3-2 Monday night to select a new board chairman, hire a new college attorney on the spot and freeze the hiring for new and vacant positions within the president’s cabinet.
Trustee says college in bad habit of not responding to stakeholders
The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has stated their concern over the current state of North Idaho College through a letter, calling on the board of trustees to publicly “confirm its commitment to education and reassure their partners, community, students and faculty that North Idaho College is still a centerpiece of education.”
Experts coming to CDA next month to investigate leadership concerns
After a second complaint, the accrediting organization for North Idaho College is planning an onsite inquiry to the college to review the situation in January.
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities said in a letter to the college that based on the analysis of alleged facts, “NIC’s ability to maintain compliance with the United States Department of Education’s regulations, and Accreditation Procedures is of concern.”
North Idaho College Acting President Lita Burns warned the Board of Trustees at the board meeting Wednesday night that unless swift action was taken, NIC’s accreditation may be affected.
Burns said while NIC’s accreditation currently remains in good standing, without a pattern of evidence of change in the board’s behavior, that could change.
“You may think I am speaking as an alarmist,” Burns said. “Let me assure you I am not.”
Supporters of a former North Idaho College President will march in protest of his termination without cause at 3 p.m. today, starting at the campus parking lot A on the corner of Northwest Boulevard and Hubbard Avenue.
Community plans to show support for former NIC president
North Idaho College students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members plan to show support for former college President Rick MacLennan through a march on Oct. 27, prior to the next scheduled regular meeting of the NIC Board of Trustees.
Barnes says some laws 'are wrong,' don't need to be followed
Trustees of North Idaho College failed a motion to instruct the president and cabinet to start the process to develop policy on the prevention of spread of infectious diseases, in accordance with Idaho Code 33-2145.
Action on the president’s contract and employment is on the agenda for the North Idaho College Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Lake Coeur d’Alene Room in the Edminster Student Union Building on the NIC main campus in Coeur d’Alene.