Presidential Search

The North Idaho College Board of Trustees announced today the selection of Richard MacLennan, Ed.D. as the new president of NIC.

MacLennan is currently the president of Garrett College in Maryland, a position he has held since 2010. Under MacLennan's leadership, Garrett College has grown as a forward-thinking, innovative institution that is actively engaged with its community and widely perceived as fulfilling its economic and workforce development mission for the region, according to MacLennan’s resume.

Prior to Garrett College, MacLennan served as the vice president of student services for 12 years at Olympic College, located on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington.

“I’m honored to have been selected to join the exceptionally strong leadership team and outstanding faculty of NIC,” MacLennan said. "My wife, Theresa, and I are looking forward to making North Idaho our home and becoming a part of NIC and the communities it serves.”

MacLennan began his higher education journey as a returning veteran student at Portland State University, where he served as a veterans work-study student in the office of the vice president for student affairs. After completing his studies at PSU, he earned a master’s degree in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University. MacLennan holds a doctorate of education from Wilmington University, and was recognized as that institution’s outstanding doctoral student in 1998. His dissertation focused on the variables that influence the attendance behaviors of adult community college students. MacLennan has also held leadership positions in student services administration at Chesapeake College, in Maryland, and Holy Cross College in Louisiana.

MacLennan’s involvement in a number of organizations has led to his leadership roles at the local, state and national level; these include: the Garrett County Development Corporation, the Greater Cumberland Committee, the American Association of Community Colleges and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship.

“We were so pleased with the participation by both the college constituents as well as members of the community in North Idaho College’s search for a new president,” said NIC Presidential Search Committee Co-Chair and NIC Board of Trustees Chair Ken Howard. “It was a truly collaborative process and I extend my gratitude to the members of the search committee and those who attended the open forums and provided the NIC trustees with feedback that we used to select MacLennan, who we believe will be an excellent leader at NIC.”

In December 2015, North Idaho College President Joe Dunlap announced his plans for retirement in June after having the position since July of 2012. MacLennan was one of six finalists selected by the 22-member search committee to come to campus for a series of open forums in April.

The NIC Board of Trustees plans to officially approve MacLennan’s contract at the next regularly scheduled board meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 25. MacLennan plans to begin in his new role at NIC with the start of the 2016-2017 academic year July 1.