Commissioners

The Board of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities consists of up to twenty-six Commissioners. Commissioners are elected for staggered three-year terms and serve without compensation. A majority of the Commissioners represents institutions accredited by the Commission with consideration given for diversity of institutions and geographical distribution, including at least one person from the region’s tribal colleges. One-seventh (1/7th) of the commissioners must be persons representing the general public. In addition, the board may have up to two persons from higher educational institution(s) of a region or regions outside of the commission’s region. Such persons must be actively employed by an institution that is accredited by an agency recognized for accreditation purposes by the United States Department of Education. Commission meetings are held in the summer and winter each year but various committees meet more frequently to facilitate the Commission’s work.

Commissioners

Dr. Joseph Brimhall 

President, Chair of the Commission
University of Western States 
2900 NE 132nd Avenue 
Portland, OR 97230

Mr. Thomas R. Case

Chancellor Emeritus
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508

Dr. Jeff Fox

President
College of Southern Idaho
P.O. Box 1238
Twin Falls, ID 83303

Ms. Julie Huckestein

President
Chemeketa Community College
P.O. Box 14007
Salem, OR 97309-7070

Dr. Deneece Huftalin

President
Salt Lake Community College
P.O. Box 30808
Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0808

Dr. Michelle Janning

Professor of Sociology
Whitman College
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Dr. Marc Johnson

President
University of Nevada, Reno
1664 North Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557

Mr. John Kroger

President
Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202

Dr. Erika Lacro

Chancellor
Honolulu Community College
847 Dillingham Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96817

Ms. Jan Lombardi

Public Member
Helena, MT

Dr. Thayne McCulloh

President
Gonzaga University
502 East Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258

Dr. Marlene Moore

Interim President
(Ex Officio)

Mr. Michael Powers

Public Member
Fairbanks, AK

Dr. John Scaringe

President
Southern California University of Health Sciences
16200 E. Amber Valley Drive
Whittier, CA 90604

Dr. Nancy Szofran

Provost
Community Colleges of Spokane
501 N. Riverpoint Blvd, Ste 1001, PO Box 6000
Spokane, WA 99217

Members of the Executive Committee

Dr. Joseph Brimhall (Chair)

President
University of Western States

Mr. Thomas R. Case

Chancellor Emeritus
University of Alaska Anchorage

Dr. Deneece Huftalin

President
Salt Lake Community College

Dr. Marc Johnson

President
University of Nevada, Reno

Dr. Thayne McCulloh

President
Gonzaga University

Dr. Marlene Moore

Interim President
(Ex Officio)