NIC selects new vice president for instruction

|photo1|North Idaho College announced Monday its selection for the vice president for instruction position. After a nationwide search, NIC hired Barbara Hanson, the current dean of instruction at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz., as its new vice president for instruction.
“I am looking forward to having the opportunity to work with a dedicated and progressive faculty and staff at NIC,” Hanson said. “I was most impressed by the stewardship of education displayed by everyone I met at the institution.”
Hanson has more than 24 years of experience in higher education, with 16 years as a community college administrator. She currently oversees the operation of instructional programs, including academic, professional-technical and distance education programs at Arizona Western College, the third largest community college in Arizona with more than 4,000 full-time equivalent students. She also serves as project director for a $2.2 million federal grant focused on increasing the college’s capacity to deliver distance education.
“Dr. Hanson brings a wealth of experience to NIC as our next vice president of instruction,” said NIC President Michael Burke. “She is an educational leader with a strong background in both academic and technical education, and she has a breath of experience with grants that will be very useful at NIC. I am impressed with her professionalism and her commitment to her community. While we had several excellent candidates, Barbara was clearly the right choice for NIC.”
Among Hanson’s accomplishments are meeting the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association requirements for beginning online associate’s degrees in several programs; increasing enrollment by developing more than 30 new degree and certificate programs; and establishing collaborative partnerships with public and private agencies to fund instructional programs including nursing and radiology and advanced water treatment programs.
Hanson served as a representative to the Arizona State Task Force on Building the Capacity of Nursing Programs from 2003 to 2004. She also served on task force commissions charged with developing statewide educational services and revising state certification requirements.
Hanson also has more than seven years of experience as a full-time faculty member, teaching German, English as a Second Language, developmental English and reading, voice, martial arts and education courses. She continues to teach at least one course per year at Arizona Western College. She also served as the chairman for the Division of Modern Languages for eight years and was appointed as a consultant evaluator for the accreditation commission Higher Learning Commission North Central Association in 2005.
Hanson earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership with a specialization in language and culture from Northern Arizona University. She also holds master’s degrees in English as a Second Language and German and German literature and a bachelor’s degree in German and music, all from the University of Arizona.
Hanson is also a professional operatic performer and is a martial arts third-degree black belt.

For More Information
NIC Vice President for Instruction Selection Committee Chair Virginia Johnson, (208) 769-3386

Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Email ArticleEmail


Go To Our Facebook Page Go To Our Twitter Page Go To Our Instagram Page Go To Our You Tube Videos Page Go To Our Flickr Photos Page

NIC Communications Contacts

Please direct all media inquiries to:

Tom Greene
Communications Coordinator
(208) 665-2759 or

Stacy Hudson
Communications and Marketing Director
(208) 769-7819 or

Please direct all public information requests to:

Mindy Patterson
Community Relations Executive Assistant
(208) 769-3316
Public Information Request Form [PDF]

News Search