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. Susan Capalbo 

Senior Vice Provost
Oregon State University
624 Kerr Administration Building 
Corvallis, OR 97331

Dr. Marty Cavalluzzi

President
Olympic College
1600 Chester Avenue
Bremerton, WA 98337

Dr. Waded Cruzado

President
Montana State University – Bozeman
211 Montana Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717

Dr. Jeff Fox

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

Dr. Bogdan Hoanca

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

Dr. Deneece Huftalin

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

Dr. Marc Johnson

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

Ms. Jan Lombardi

Public Member
Owner
JML Strategy
Helena, MT

Dr. Thayne McCulloh (Chair)

President
Gonzaga University
502 East Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258

Dr. Amy Morrison

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

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

Mr. 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

Dr. Jim Youde

Public Member
Principal
JY Associates
Vancouver, WA

Members of the Executive Committee

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 (Chair)

President
Gonzaga University

Mr. Kevin Worthen

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

Standing Committees of the Commission

Nominating and Development Committee

Thayne McCulloh, Gonzaga University, Chair
Marty Cavaluzzi, Olympic College
Mel Netzhammer, Washington State University
Beth Weatherby, The University of Montana – Western
Pamela Goad, Staff

Bylaws, Standards, and Policies Committee

Deneece Huftalin, Salt Lake Community College, Chair
Boyd Baggett, Brigham Young University – Idaho
Jan Lombardi, JML Strategy
John Scaringe, Southern California University of Health Sciences
Mac Powell, Staff

Finance Committee

Marc Johnson, University of Nevada, Reno, Chair
Julie Huckestein, Chemeketa Community College
Roy Heynderickx, Saint Martins University
Steve Ward, Centralia College

Audit Committee

Kevin Worthen, Brigham Young University, Chair
Jim Youde, JY Associates
Glenn Ford, Bastyr University

Accreditation Evaluator Committee

Jeff Fox, College of Southern Idaho, Chair
Chris Bragg, College of Southern Idaho
Ron Bramhall, University of Oregon
Jim Huegel, Northwest University
Ron Large, Gonzaga University
Mark Wack, Washington State University
Valerie Martinez, Staff
Les Steele, Staff