In what she described as a decision to advance the best interest of North Idaho College, Vice President for Instruction Barbara Hanson, Ed.D., announced May 30 that she is stepping down from the position at the end of the current fiscal year June 30.
Kathy Christie, assistant vice president for planning, assessment and research, will serve as interim vice president for instruction. She has been with NIC for 30 years.
Hanson agreed to continue with the college over the next six months as executive director of strategic program development, a temporary position, to work on several projects currently underway or in development. The arrangement was announced at the NIC Board of Trustees meeting May 30.
Hanson joined NIC last summer. Her plan to change the academic structure at NIC drew faculty criticism and resulted in a recent vote of no confidence. Though she had hoped to improve relations and communication with faculty, “it is apparent we may be beyond that point now.”
Hanson said she is pleased that the college plans to move forward with the new organizational structure. However, “It is in the best interests of NIC for me to step aside from my vice presidential duties,” Hanson said. “At the same time, I have been deeply involved with several initiatives that I believe have the potential to significantly impact the college and the region, and I am anxious to move them forward.”
Workforce program development and expansion, enrollment-related initiatives and helping to continue to strengthen ties with local business and industry will be principle tasks of her new assignment, which runs through Dec. 31. NIC’s commitment to the growing needs of its service area will be supported by this assignment.
NIC will delay conducting a national search for its next vice president for instruction until the college appoints a permanent president, NIC Board of Trustees Chair Rolly Williams noted.