North Idaho College Vice President for Instruction Jay Lee announced Thursday his plans to resign from NIC after accepting the presidency at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., a junior college with approximately 2,400 students. NJC is part of the Colorado Community College System, which includes 13 state community colleges that serve more than 162,000 students annually. Lee will begin as president at NJC March 12.
“I am grateful for the dedication Jay has provided to NIC over the past three and a half years and his sincere commitment to instructional excellence,” said NIC President Priscilla Bell. “Under Jay’s leadership, NIC has been able to improve processes that have positively impacted both the institution and the students we serve.”
Lee began serving as vice president for instruction at NIC in July 2008. Prior to joining NIC, Lee was the dean of career and technical education at Rochester Community and Technical College in Minnesota.
“Although I am excited to begin the next phase of my career, I’m saddened by the realization that my time at NIC will soon draw to a close,” Lee said. “North Idaho College will always be close to my heart and I will never forget the kindness shown to my wife and me during our time in Coeur d’Alene.”
NIC will delay conducting a national search for its next vice president for instruction until the college appoints a new president following Bell's retirement in June. Plans for appointing an interim to lead the Office of Instruction will be announced when they are determined.
Click here for a link to the Northeastern Junior College news release announcing Lee's hire.