NIC announces new vice president for community relations

Mark Browning, the current chief communications and legislative officer for the Idaho State Board of Education, was announced as the new vice president for community relations and marketing at North Idaho College.

“At a time when the college is in the midst of strategic planning, Mark will act as a liaison between the college and the counties we serve, maintaining a constant presence in the community and ensuring that the needs of all constituencies are infused in our mission and vision for the future,” said NIC President Priscilla Bell. “His extensive experience in government relations will no doubt reinforce NIC’s legislative efforts as well and we are looking forward to him joining North Idaho College.”

The vice president position is being vacated by John Martin, who has served in this role since 2008. Martin announced his retirement at the June 22 NIC Board of Trustees meeting after more than three years in the position.

Browning was selected to fill the role of vice president for community relations and marketing after a nationwide search led by a search committee of NIC faculty, staff, students and community members.

Browning has served the Idaho State Board of Education in Boise since 2007, primarily responsible for the development of all communications and media relations throughout all 44 counties of Idaho. Browning also serves as liaison to the Idaho House and Senate Education committees in addition to other roles in government affairs.

Prior to joining the Idaho State Board of Education, Browning served as news director for KBCI CBS 2 News in Boise, leading a news and production staff of more than 40. His background also includes anchoring, producing and reporting at other news organizations in southern Idaho as well as working as a marketing executive for The Post Register Newspaper in Idaho Falls for seven years.

“I am really excited,” Browning said. “This is a tremendous opportunity for me professionally and for my family. And I’m looking forward to becoming a part of the NIC family.”

Browning is expected to assume his role as vice president for community relations and marketing Jan. 2.

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Posted: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011

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