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. Robin Baker 

President
George Fox University
414 North Meridian Street
Newberg, OR 97132

Dr. Joseph Brimhall 

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

Dr. Susan Capalbo 

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Senior Faculty in Economics
Oregon State University
624 Kerr Administration Building 
Corvallis, OR 97331

Mr. Thomas R. Case

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

Dr. Marty Cavalluzzi

President
Olympic College
1600 Chester Avenue
Bremerton, WA 98337

Dr. Joe Fedock

Professor of Civil Engineering
Montana State University – Bozeman
P.O. Box 172560
Bozeman, MT 59717

Dr. Jeff Fox

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

Dr. Amy Goings

President
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
11605 132nd Avenue N.E.
Kirkland, WA 98034

Dr. Bogdan Hoanca

Professor of Management Information Systems
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508

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

Dr. Erika Lacro

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

Ms. Jan Lombardi

Public Member
Owner
JML Strategy
Helena, MT

Dr. Thayne McCulloh

President
Gonzaga University
502 East Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258

Dr. John Scaringe

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

Ms. Sandra A. Suran

Public Member
Chief Executive Officer
The Suran Group
Wilsonville, Oregon

Dr. Mary Wack

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Washington State University
P.O. Box 641048
Pullman, WA 99164

Dr. Kevin Worthen

President
Brigham Young University
C-327 ASB
Provo, UT 84602

Dr. David Yarlott, Jr.

President
Little Big Horn College
P.O. Box 370
Crow Agency, MT 59022

Mr. Jim Youde

Public Member
Principal
JY Associates
Vancouver, WA

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. Jeff Fox

President
College of Southern Idaho

Dr. Deneece Huftalin

President
Salt Lake Community College

Dr. Marc Johnson

President
University of Nevada, Reno

Ms. Jan Lombardi

Public Member
Owner
JML Strategy
Helena, MT

Dr. Thayne McCulloh

President
Gonzaga University