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North Idaho College Board of Trustees Selects Dr. Nick Swayne as 10th President
Dr. Swayne brings more than 20 years of leading and developing programs and partnerships in higher education

Following a national search, public interviews and forums, the North Idaho College Board of Trustees selected Dr. Nick Swayne to serve as the college's 11th President.

"North Idaho College plays a critical role in this community, and Dr. Swayne has the background and leadership skills needed to make sure NIC delivers for its students," said Board Chair David Wold.

Swayne comes to North Idaho College after serving as the Executive Director of 4-Virginia, a collaborative partnership between eight universities in the state of Virginia. He is also the founder of a comprehensive academic innovation ecosystem at James Madison University.

Swayne earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho, a master's in public administration from Northeastern University and a doctorate in postsecondary strategic leadership from James Madison University.

"This is an exciting opportunity for me," Swayne said. "During my recent visit to North Idaho College, I met several dedicated, honorable people in college leadership and on the faculty and staff, as well as students. There are so many good things going on at the college, and I'm looking forward to making sure the community knows that."

During his interviews, Swayne discussed the need to focus on student recruitment and retention. There's competition in the region, he said, and North Idaho College should stand out as a valued destination for students as they embark upon or return to their educational journey.

The new president's official start date will be determined over the next few weeks as he and the Board finalize his contract.

For more information, contact NIC Chief Communications and Government Relations Officer Laura Rumpler at (208) 769-3404 or

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