NIC President Joe Dunlap to retire

North Idaho College Board of Trustee Chairman Ken Howard announced today that NIC President Joe Dunlap, Ed.D., has notified the board that he intends to retire at the end of the current academic year.

“I’ve loved working here at NIC and being a part of an incredible team that is highly engaged with our students, staff, faculty and communities,” said Dunlap, who has served as the college’s president since July 1, 2012. “I’m very proud of the team we’ve assembled here and the work we’ve done.”

Howard said the list of accomplishments realized during Dunlap’s tenure is unprecedented.

“Joe has led this institution into a period of robust campus strategic change and positioning,” Howard said. “At a time when colleges through the region and country are in a survival mindset, Joe has led an aggressive vision to move NIC into a position that will serve our students and community for decades to come.”

Dunlap has overseen the establishment of 17 new technical education programs as part of the total campus offering. Additionally, three building projects are underway including a new 110,000-square-foot Career and Technical Education Facility on the Rathdrum Prairie that will open for students in August 2016. Construction on a student Wellness and Recreation Center is set to begin in the early summer of 2016 with completion and occupancy projected for the fall of 2017. The Wellness and Recreation Center construction and operation is being paid for entirely by student and user fees. And a third building project, a collaborative facility to be utilized by NIC, Lewis-Clark State College and the University of Idaho, featuring consolidated student services as well as classrooms and office space, will follow in 2017 with occupancy set for 2018.

“We have been so fortunate to have someone of Joe’s caliber in the presidency,” said Steve Meyer, current president of the North Idaho College Foundation. “He has been a great partner in helping the NIC Foundation in our efforts to help the college move forward on affordability, broad access for students and career development. The NIC Foundation is currently working on the major gift portion of a capital campaign for the new Career and Technical Education Facility. Joe will continue to help us in an ongoing leadership role for the CTE project.”

Dunlap plans to continue many of his community efforts in and around North Idaho, but also would like to devote more time to his growing family. “We now have five grandchildren, all at young ages who weren’t even born when I started in this position. I want to spend time with them, be there for the important moments, for them and our own children. I love community colleges and in particular NIC. It’s been a fantastic experience. But it’s time. The college will continue to be a positive beacon for the community and place of opportunity for its students, staff and faculty.”

Howard said the NIC Board of Trustees will begin the process of finding the college’s 10th president soon.

“Being president of North Idaho College is one of the premier jobs in the region,” Howard said. “I am confident we will attract the highest level of candidates and one that will help us continue to enjoy the level of leadership and commitment we’ve enjoyed with President Dunlap.”

A timeline for the search will be released by the trustees at a future time. Dunlap plans to serve through June 30, 2016 which is also the end of the college’s fiscal year.

“We are in the midst of a number of important arenas of work that will impact NIC now and into the future. I remain fully engaged and dedicated to our students’ and campus’ success,” Dunlap said.

Posted: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015

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