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The State Council named the finalists for the NIC trustee vacancy


The State Board of Education has selected finalists for three North Idaho College trustee vacancies – a search process that will continue despite the lawsuit.

Officers of the Council of State plan to interview eight finalists at the Coeur d’Alene on Thursday, and the full board plans to appoint new trustees on Friday.

The State Council is intervening over a number of trustees ’resignations a public college suffering from hostilities. Trustee Michael Barnes resigned in January due to questions about his whereabouts. After the other four trustees failed to agree on a successor to Barnes, longtime trustees Ken Howard and Christy Wood have resignedeffective Tuesday.

State law gives the State Council the power to fill several vacancies on the board of public colleges – a process that last took place in 2017, when the board appointed trustees of the newly established Eastern Idaho College in Idaho Falls.

The other two NIC board members – Chairman Todd Banducci and Trustee Greg Mackenzie – filed a lawsuit challenging the appointment processarguing that the council should only take Barnes’ position. Last week, a judge rejected a trustee’s motion for a temporary restraining order to block appointments.

The state administration received 37 applicants for three vacancies.

Three board members – President Kurt Liebig, Vice President Linda Clark and Secretary David Hill – narrowed the field to a list of finalists released Monday:

Place 1 (place in the board frees Wood)

  • William “Hal” GodwinCoeur d’Alene, former vice president of student affairs and vice vice chancellor of the University of Idaho.
  • David WaldCoeur d’Alene, retired ophthalmologist and current board member of the NIC Foundation.

Place 2 (seat on board frees Howard)

  • Brad CorkillCataldo, owner and president, Whiteman Lumber Co. Inc., and a former member of the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.
  • John GadeCoeur d’Alene, former chairman of the Senate Education Committee and former board member of the NIC Foundation.
  • Rachel WickhamCoeur d’Alene, Certified Nurse and Clinical Coordinator of Kootenai Health.

Place 5 (seat on board vacated by Barnes)

  • Pete BrochetHauser, Human Resources Director, Empire Airlines.
  • Marlon “Brad” BeadPost Falls, head of district services from the Idaho Digital Learning Alliance.
  • Paul SturmSpirit Lake, a retired school warden in Pullman, Washington, who ran against Barnes in the 2020 trustee election.

The three nominees will run until the November election. They have the opportunity to run for a four-year term – and at least two finalists have indicated this opportunity in their applications. Gede said he has no plans to run in the fall. Brochet said he would be willing to serve “for as long as the community re-elects me.”

Come back later this week for full coverage of this week’s State Council meetings.

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Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent visitor to KIVI 6 On Your Side; Idaho Reports on Idaho Public Television; and “Idaho Matters” on State Public Radio Boise. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. You can contact him at [email protected]

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