North Idaho College names five finalists vying for president


The search for North Idaho College’s next president is narrowed to five candidates.

The finalists named Wednesday by the college are Samuel “Todd” Brand, director of studies at Ashland Community and Technical College; Steve Condon, chancellor of the University of Carolina; Chad Crumbaker, provost and executive vice president for student affairs at West Virginia University-Parkersburg; Nick Swayne, executive director of 4-Virginia; and James Y. Taylor, senior associate vice president at Utah State University, according to an NIC press release.

The five were selected from 59 applicants by the college’s presidential search committee as finalists to replace Rick MacLennan, who was fired without cause last year by the NIC board of trustees.

Acting President Mike Sebaaly, who has held the position since November, neither confirmed nor denied applying for the position when contacted for comment, saying instead that he “will continue to respect the confidentiality of the process. Presidential Research”.

“It has been a privilege to serve as interim president,” Sebaaly, the college’s wrestling coach, said via email. “Our interim leadership team has done a good job of creating an environment that has integrated university and student services to more effectively support our services. We are expanding opportunities for all types of students, and I look forward to welcoming NIC’s new president and helping to make the transition a success.

The college’s presidential search committee is made up of 27 members of the university community, including former chairman of the board of trustees, Todd Banducci, as well as administrator Pete Broschet, who was one of three people recruited by the Idaho State Board of Education to fill vacancies. on the college board.

On the search committee, Broschet replaced former administrator Ken Howard, who – along with Christie Wood – resigned in May. Executive turnover has been a major concern for the NIC over the past year and a half or so, particularly with eligibility for accreditation from the college in question.

Filling the office of president was a recommendation mandated by the Northwestern Commission on Colleges and Universities, the agency that accredits North Idaho College, in a letter warning that NIC failed to meet certain standards for admission to college. accreditation.

Broschet and Banducci did not return requests for comment.

The presidential finalists are scheduled to visit, June 9-16, the Coeur d’Alene Community College main campus, the Parker Technical Education Center and the Workforce Training Center to meet with members of the college community.

These tours will include one-hour morning and afternoon open forums that the public can attend in person at the Lake Coeur d’Alene room in the Edinburgh Student Union Building or via Zoom.

Online polls are available on the NIC’s Presidential Research webpage to provide feedback on each of the candidates. The Pauly Group, the consulting firm hired to administer the presidential search, will send those comments to the NIC board of directors prior to the board’s decision.

The deadline for the survey is June 20 at noon.

Here are some of the highlights of each of the finalists, according to the nominees’ biographies posted on the NIC website:

Brand Samuel “Todd”

A native of Mendenhall, Mississippi, Brand has worked more than two decades in higher education, including the past three years as director of studies at Ashland Community and Technical College in Ashland, Kentucky.

His professional experience includes over a decade as Director of the Fine Arts and Communications Division at Meridian Community College. Brand has a background in media, having worked in television and radio after earning a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and a master’s degree in communications from Mississippi College.

He completed a doctoral program in community college leadership at Mississippi State University while working at Meridian Community College.

Steve Condon

Condon has served as chancellor of the University of Carolina since 2018. His professional experience includes stints as president of John Wesley and Tennessee Wesleyan universities as well as vice president and deanships at a number of other institutions.

Condon coached the golf team at Huntingdon College in Alabama and led the team to four NAIA national championships in the 1980s.

He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Boston State College and Florida State University, respectively; an education specialist degree from the University of Alabama; a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Mississippi and completed postdoctoral studies at Harvard University.

Chad Crumbaker

Prior to his current position as provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at West Virginia University-Parkersburg, Crumbaker served as president of the school’s business, accounting, and public service division and coordinator of the legal studies program. He remains an active professor of legal studies even as a provost, having started at WVU as an adjunct faculty member before eventually being hired full-time.

Crumbaker is a member of the Rotary Club of Parkersburg as well as the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Kanawha Valley.

He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in international studies and received his JD from Capital University Law School. A member of the state bars of West Virginia and Ohio, Crumbaker previously worked as an attorney in private practice. He also has heating, ventilation and cooling contractor licenses in West Virginia and Ohio.

Nick Swayne

Swayne is the executive director of 4-Virginia, a statewide partnership of universities focused on how schools can work together through collaborative research projects, shared coursework, and better access to degrees. academics. Swayne is also the founding director of the X-Labs program at James Madison University.

A retired Army officer with 26 years of service, Swayne is a faculty mentor in the Stanford University Innovation Fellows program and was a founding member of the Stanford Faculty Innovation Fellows program. He has experience in the development of extracurricular and transdisciplinary programs such as X-Labs.

Swayne holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho, a master’s degree in public administration from Northeastern University, and a doctorate in post-secondary strategic leadership from James Madison University. He is chairman of the Harrisonburg City School Board, now in his fourth elected term.

James Y. Taylor

Taylor is a senior associate vice president at Utah State University and chief campus administrator for several eastern Utah campuses and educational centers, according to his biography. He is also an associate professor of sociology and anthropology.

His three decades of experience in higher education leadership include a stint as dean and vice president of Colorado Mountain College.

Taylor earned her bachelor’s degree in biogeography from the University of Utah, a master’s degree in earth science from Montana State University, and a doctorate in leadership and organizational development from Grand Canyon University.


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