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Dr. Nick Swayne elected as new president of North Idaho College following heated meeting

Board trustees Todd Banducci and Greg McKenzie heavily criticized the candidate selection process.

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — Dr. Nick Swayne has been selected as the 11th president of North Idaho College.

The motion passed 3-2 after a heated discussion involving board trustees Greg Mckenzie and Tony Banducci, as they heavily criticized the process in selecting candidates for the position. Banducci said he had "incredible contempt for the process" while McKenzie called it an "embarrassment."

Board Chair David Wold stated that he was the most impressed with Swayne out of all of the candidates he interviewed, saying he had the right set of priorities for the college.

“North Idaho College plays a critical role in this community, and Dr. Swayne has the background and leadership skills needed to make sure NIC delivers for its students,” Wold said.

Swayne served as the executive director of 4-Virginia,  a collaborative partnership between eight universities in the state of Virginia. He is also the founder of a comprehensive academic innovation ecosystem at James Madison University.

Swayne earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Idaho, a master's in public administration from Northeastern University and a doctorate in postsecondary strategic leadership from James Madison University.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me,” Swayne said. “During my recent visit to North Idaho College, I met several dedicated, honorable people in college leadership and on the faculty and staff, as well as students. There are so many good things going on at the college, and I’m looking forward to making sure the community knows that.” 

According to a press release from NIC, Swayne says his top priorities for the college is student recruitment and retention. Swayne believes NIC should stand out as a valued destination for students as they embark upon or return to their educational journey.

Swayne's official start date as president will be determined over the next few weeks as the board finalizes his contract, NIC says.

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