Institutional Staff Liaisons

NWCCU assigns a staff liaison to each affiliated institution. This staff liaison serves as the primary resource person to that institution. The staff liaison explains NWCCU policies and procedures and draws on the skills of other staff members to provide effective assistance and service to colleges and universities.

Pamela Goad

Senior Vice President Pamela Goad has been with the Northwest Commission for nine years and enhances the effectiveness of the Commission staff with expertise in numerous areas. Having served as an institutional Accreditation Liaison Officer herself at a Northwest member institution, Dr. Goad’s commitment to serving students and to continuous improvement are notable and valued by the Commission and the membership. With significant experience with substantive change, assessment, and institutional mentoring, Dr. Goad looks forward to walking alongside our institutions as a guide and colleague.

Valerie Martinez

Before joining the Commission’s administrative office, Vice President Valerie Martinez served as NWCCU Commissioner, evaluation committee chair, evaluator, and Accreditation Liaison Officer. With experience throughout the Northwest region as a faculty member and administrator at several public member institutions, Ms. Martinez understands and values our member institutions’ responsiveness to their constituents and community landscape. Ms. Martinez’s significant expertise in peer evaluation, substantive change, Commission policy, and student learning make her an unquestionable asset to the Commission and our members.

Mac Powell

Dr. Mac Powell serves as Senior Fellow of the Commission on Colleges and Universities. Prior to joining the Commission, he served as president of three universities, and has contributed to the strategic direction of higher education through his service as Chair of the American Council of Education’s Commission on Educational Attainment and Innovation, Commissioner on the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Commission, graduate of the WASC Assessment Leadership Academy, and Chair of the Council of Applied Master’s Programs in Psychology. Dr. Powell’s enthusiasm for continuous improvement and innovation and his breadth of experience adds new perspectives and positions the Commission to continue to embrace the challenging landscape of higher education.

Les Steele

Senior Vice President Les Steele comes to the Commission as a former faculty member and chief academic officer of a private, liberal arts member institution, serving as an Accreditation Liaison Officer, an evaluator, and an experienced evaluation team chair. Dr. Steele’s expertise in assessment and outcomes, accreditation policy and Standards, and his holistic outlook on student learning provide depth and perspective to the ongoing work of the Commission. Dr. Steele enjoys dialoguing with our member institutions and deepening the conversations to provide meaning and value in the accreditation journey.

Institutional Liaisons by Institution

(updated 3/8/18)

Aaniiih Nakoda College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Alaska Pacific University Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Bastyr University Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Bates Technical College Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Bellevue College Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Bellingham Technical College Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Big Bend Community College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Blackfeet Community College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Blue Mountain Community College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Boise State University Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Brigham Young University Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Brigham Young University – Idaho Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Capilano University Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Carroll College Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Cascadia College Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Central Oregon Community College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Central Washington University Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Centralia College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Chemeketa Community College Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Chief Dull Knife College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
City University of Seattle Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Clackamas Community College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Clark College Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Clatsop Community College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Clover Park Technical College Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
College of Eastern Idaho Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
College of Southern Idaho Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
College of Southern Nevada Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
College of Western Idaho Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Columbia Basin College Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Columbia Gorge Community College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Concordia University Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Corban University Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Cornish College of the Arts Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Dawson Community College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Dixie State University Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Eastern Oregon University Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Eastern Washington University Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Edmonds Community College Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Everett Community College Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Flathead Valley Community College Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Fort Peck Community College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
George Fox University Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Gonzaga University Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Grays Harbor College Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Great Basin College Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Great Falls College Montana State University Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Green River College Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Helena College University of Montana Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Heritage University Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Highline College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Idaho State University Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Ilisagvik College Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Klamath Community College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Lane Community College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
LDS Business College Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Lewis and Clark College Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Lewis-Clark State College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Linfield College Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Linn-Benton Community College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Little Big Horn College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Lower Columbia College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Marylhurst University Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Miles Community College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Montana State University – Billings Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Montana State University – Bozeman Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Montana State University – Northern Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Montana Tech of The University of Montana Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Mount Angel Seminary Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Mt. Hood Community College Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Multnomah University Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
National University of Natural Medicine Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Nevada State College Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
North Idaho College Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
North Seattle College Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Northwest Christian University Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Northwest Indian College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Northwest Nazarene University Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Northwest University Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Olympic College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Oregon Coast Community College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Oregon College of Art and Craft Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Oregon Health and Science University Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Oregon Institute of Technology Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Oregon State University Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Pacific Lutheran University Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Pacific Northwest College of Art Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Pacific University Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Peninsula College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Pierce College Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Portland Community College Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Portland State University Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Reed College Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Renton Technical College Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Rocky Mountain College Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Rogue Community College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Roseman University of Health Sciences Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Saint Martin’s University Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Salish Kootenai College Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Salt Lake Community College Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Seattle Central College Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Seattle Pacific University Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Seattle University Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Shoreline Community College Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Sierra Nevada College Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Simon Fraser University Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Skagit Valley College Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Snow College Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
South Puget Sound Community College Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
South Seattle College Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Southern Oregon University Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Southern Utah University Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Southwestern Oregon Community College Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Spokane Community College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Spokane Falls Community College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Stone Child College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Tacoma Community College Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
The Art Institute of Portland Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
The Art Institute of Seattle Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
The College of Idaho Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
The Evergreen State College Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
The University of Montana – Missoula Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
The University of Montana – Western Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Thompson Rivers University Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Tillamook Bay Community College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Treasure Valley Community College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Truckee Meadows Community College Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Umpqua Community College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
University of Alaska Anchorage Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
University of Alaska Fairbanks Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
University of Alaska Southeast Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
University of Idaho Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
University of Nevada, Reno Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
University of Oregon Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
University of Portland Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
University of Providence Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
University of Puget Sound Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
University of Utah Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
University of Washington Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
University of Western States Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Utah State University Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Utah Valley University Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Walla Walla Community College Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Walla Walla University Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Warner Pacific University Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Washington State University Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Weber State University Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Wenatchee Valley College Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Western Governors University Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Western Nevada College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Western Oregon University Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President
Western Seminary Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Western Washington University Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Westminster College Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Whatcom Community College Liaison: Valerie Martinez, Vice President
Whitman College Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Whitworth University Liaison: Les Steele, Senior Vice President
Willamette University Liaison: Mac Powell, Senior Fellow
Yakima Valley College Liaison: Pamela Goad, Senior Vice President