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.

Mac Powell

Dr. Mac Powell serves as Senior Vice President 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.

Ron Larsen

Ron Larsen, PhD, PE, Senior Vice President, comes to NWCCU from his most recent position as Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Montana State University-Bozeman. Dr. Larsen previously served as Associate Provost and Interim Dean for the Graduate School in Bozeman, and as Interim Chancellor at Montana State University-Billings. In his various roles, he has helped develop student learning outcomes and assessment, promoted improved retention rates and student success, and instituted measures to close equity gaps. Dr. Larsen has supported NWCCU as an Evaluator, Evaluation Team Chair, and Accreditation Liaison Officer.

Selena Grace

Selena Grace, PhD, Senior Vice President, recently served as Vice Provost for Academic Strategy & Institutional Effectiveness at Idaho State University. Dr. Grace brings significant experience leading transformational change in education policy and practices, as well as bringing diverse constituents together. She was a member of the inaugural cohort of the WICHE Western Academic Leadership Academy, and her previous experience includes Chief Academic Officer at the Idaho State Board of Education where she was the primary author and manager of the Complete College Idaho Plan. Dr. Grace has supported NWCCU as an Evaluator, Evaluation Team Chair, and Accreditation Liaison Officer, and has deep knowledge of accreditation and higher education regulations.

Institutional Liaisons by Institution

(updated 2/13/2020)

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