NIC names Olscamp interim vice president of instruction

Former Western Washington University and Bowling Green State University President Paul J. Olscamp has been appointed interim vice president for instruction at North Idaho College, NIC President Michael Burke announced Wednesday.
|photo1|Olscamp will fill the position until a replacement is hired for departing Vice President for Instruction Jerry Gee. Olscamp, who lives in Coeur d’Alene along with his wife Ruth Pratt, begins work on Thursday, Jan. 26.
“I’m very aware of the critical role that NIC plays in this region since I live here and am part of this community,” Olscamp said. “It’s my purpose to ease the transition between Dr. Gee’s departure and the hiring of the new vice president for instruction, a position for which I am not a candidate.”
“NIC is fortunate to have a person of Paul’s rich experiences and background, and his knowledge of North Idaho, able and willing to step in and fill this important position,” Burke noted. “I know the campus community will enjoy getting to know and to work with Paul in the months ahead.”
Olscamp was president of Bowling Green State University in Ohio from 1982-1995, and of Western Washington University from 1975-1982. Other noteworthy stops in his career include Syracuse University in New York and Ohio State University.
An interim appointment is nothing new to Olscamp. He has twice come out of retirement to serve as interim president, first at the University of South Dakota from 1996-1997 and then at Mayville State University in North Dakota from 2002-2003. 
A native of Canada, Olscamp was born in Montreal and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Western Ontario. He earned a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Rochester, N.Y. Olscamp is committed to excellence in teaching, and throughout his administrative career remained an active teacher and scholar.
Olscamp’s service on various boards is extensive. In Coeur d’Alene, he is a member of the city’s Arts Commission and is on the board of directors of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). He also served a term on the Opera Plus board.
On a national level, Olscamp served on the National Council on the Humanities and has served two different terms with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
“I admire Dr. Burke and am delighted to help the college during this time,” Olscamp said. “I look forward to getting to know the faculty and department chairs and learning more about the administrative operations of North Idaho College.”

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Posted: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006

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