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  Articles of Incorporation
The undersigned, in order to form a nonprofit corporation under Chapter 24.03 of the Revised Code of Washington, hereby signs and verifies the following Articles of Incorporation:

ARTICLE I

NAME
The name of the corporation is Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


ARTICLE II
MEMBERSHIP

Qualification for membership in the corporation shall be set out in the corporation's Bylaws.

ARTICLE III

DURATION
The duration of the corporation shall be perpetual.

ARTICLE IV
REGISTERED OFFICE AND AGENT
The initial registered office of the corporation is Sandra E. Elman, and the initial registered agent at such address is 8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052.

ARTICLE V
PURPOSES, LIMITATIONS AND POWERS
Section 5.1   Purposes. To operate exclusively for charitable or educational purposes, within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code"), or any successor provision, including serving as the regional accreditation body for the Northwest for post-secondary educational institutions
Section 5.2   Limitations
5.2.1
The corporation shall have no capital stock, and no part of its net earnings shall inure to the benefit of any Commissioner or officer of the corporation, or of any private individual.
5.2.2
No Commissioner, officer, or any private individual shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any of the corporate assets upon dissolution of the corporation, or upon the winding up of its affairs.
5.2.3
No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation except as may be permitted to Section 501(c)(3) organizations by the Code, and the corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publication or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.
5.2.4
Notwithstanding any other provisions of these Articles, the corporation shall not conduct or carry on activities not permitted to be conducted or carried on by an organization exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Code, or any successor provision, or by an organization contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Code, or any successor provision.
Section 5.3   Powers. In general, and subject to such limitations and conditions as are or may be prescribed by law, or in the corporation's Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws, the corporation shall have all powers which now or hereafter are conferred by law upon a corporation organized for the purpose set forth above, or are necessary or incidental to the powers so conferred, or are conducive to the attainment of the corporation's purpose.
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ARTICLE VI
LIMITATION OF COMMISSIONERS' LIABILITY
A Commissioner shall have no liability to the corporation for monetary damages for conduct as a Commissioner, except for acts or omissions that involve intentional misconduct by the Commissioner, or a knowing violation of law by the Commissioner, or for any transaction from which the Commissioner will personally receive a benefit in money, property or services to which the Commissioner is not legally entitled. If the Washington Nonprofit Corporation Act is hereafter amended to authorize corporate action further eliminating or limiting the personal liability of board members, then the liability of a Commissioner shall be eliminated or limited to the full extent permitted by the Washington Nonprofit Corporation Act, as so amended. Any repeal or modification of this Article shall not adversely affect any right or protection of a Commissioner of the corporation existing at the time of such repeal or modification for or with respect to an act or omission of such Commissioner occurring prior to such repeal or modification.

ARTICLE VII
INDEMNIFICATION
Section 7.1   Right to Indemnification of Commissioners and Officers. Each person who was, or is threatened to be made a party to or is otherwise involved (including, without limitation, as a witness) in any actual or threatened action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative, by reason of the fact that he or she is or was a Commissioner or officer of the corporation or, while a Commissioner or officer, he or she is or was serving at the request of the corporation as a director, trustee, officer, employee or agent of another corporation or of a partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, including service with respect to employee benefit plans, whether the basis of such proceeding is alleged action in an official capacity as a director, trustee, officer, employee or agent or in any other capacity while serving as a Commissioner, director, trustee, officer, employee or agent, shall be indemnified and held harmless by the corporation, to the full extent permitted by applicable law as then in effect, against all expense, liability and loss (including attorneys' fees, judgments, fines, ERISA excise taxes or penalties and amounts to be paid in settlement) actually and reasonably incurred or suffered by such person in connection therewith, and such indemnification shall continue as to a person who has ceased to be a Commissioner, director, trustee, officer, employee or agent and shall inure to the benefit of his or her heirs, executors and administrators; provided, however, that except as provided in Section 7.2 of this Article with respect to proceedings seeking solely to enforce rights to indemnification, the corporation shall indemnify any such person seeking indemnification in connection with a proceeding (or part thereof) initiated by such person only if such proceeding (or part thereof) was authorized by the board of commissioners of the corporation. The right to indemnification conferred in this Section 7.1 shall be a contract right and shall include the right to be paid by the corporation the expenses incurred in defending any such proceeding in advance of its final disposition; provided, however, that the payment of such expenses in advance of the final disposition of a proceeding shall be made only upon delivery to the corporation of an undertaking, by or on behalf of such Commissioner or officer, to repay all amounts so advanced if it shall ultimately be determined that such Commissioner or officer is not entitled to be indemnified under this Section 7.1 or otherwise.
Section 7.2   Right of Claimant to Bring Suit.  If a claim for which indemnification is required under Section 7.1 of this Article is not paid in full by the corporation within sixty (60) days after a written claim has been received by the corporation, except in the case of a claim for expenses incurred in defending a proceeding in advance of its final disposition, in which case the applicable period shall be twenty (20) days, the claimant may at any time thereafter bring suit against the corporation to recover the unpaid amount of the claim and, to the extent successful in whole or in part, the claimant shall be entitled to be paid also the expense of prosecuting such claim. The claimant shall be presumed to be entitled to indemnification under this Article upon submission of a written claim (and, in an action brought to enforce a claim for expenses incurred in defending any proceeding in advance of its final disposition, where the required undertaking has been tendered to the corporation), and thereafter the corporation shall have the burden of proof to overcome the presumption that the claimant is not so entitled. Neither the failure of the corporation (including its board of commissioners or independent legal counsel) to have made a determination prior to the commencement of such action that indemnification of or reimbursement or advancement of expenses to the claimant is proper in the circumstances nor an actual determination by the corporation (including its board of commissioners or independent legal counsel) that the claimant is not entitled to indemnification or to the reimbursement or advancement of expenses shall be a defense to the action or create a presumption that the claimant is not so entitled.
Section 7.3   Nonexclusivity of Rights. The right to indemnification and the payment of expenses incurred in defending a proceeding in advance of its final disposition conferred in this Article shall not be exclusive of any other right which any person may have or hereafter acquire under any statute, provision of the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, agreement, or vote of disinterested Commissioners or otherwise.
Section 7.4   Insurance, Contracts and Funding. The corporation may maintain insurance at its expense, to protect itself and any commissioner, director, trustee, officer, employee or agent of the corporation or another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise against any expense, liability or loss, whether or not the corporation would have the power to indemnify such person against such expense, liability or loss under RCW 24.03.043 of the Washington Nonprofit Corporation Act and RCW 23B.08.510 of the Washington Business Corporation Act, or any successor provisions. The corporation may enter into contracts with any Commissioner or officer of the corporation in furtherance of the provisions of this Article and may create a trust fund, grant a security interest or use other means (including, without limitation, a letter of credit) to ensure the payment of such amounts as may be necessary to effect indemnification as provided in this Article.
Section 7.5   Indemnification of Employees and Agents of the Corporation. The corporation shall provide indemnification and pay expenses in advance of the final disposition of a proceeding to employees and agents of the corporation with the same scope and effect as the provisions of this Article with respect to the indemnification and advancement of expenses of Commissioners and officers of the corporation or pursuant to rights granted pursuant to, or provided by, the Washington Business Corporation Act, as applied to nonprofit corporations, or otherwise.
ARTICLE VIII
COMMISSIONERS
Section 8.1   Board of Commissioners. The management of the corporation will be vested in a board of Commissioners. The number, qualifications, terms of office, manner of election, time and place of meeting, and powers and duties of Commissioners shall be prescribed by the Bylaws of the corporation.
Section 8.2  Names and Addresses of Commissioners. The names and addresses of the Commissioners who will manage the affairs of the corporation for the term provided below (or until their resignation or removal, if sooner), and until their successors are elected and qualified, are:
Name
Address
Expiration of Term

Dr. Richard J. Dunn

University of Washington
Box 354330
Seattle, WA 98195-4330

December 2003

Dr. Sandra E. Elman

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052

(ex officio)

Dr. Vivian A. Bull

Linfield College
900 SE Baker
McMinnville, OR 97128-6894

December 2003

Dr. Barbara L. Cloud

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV 89154

December 2003

Dr. Thomas E. Cronin

Whitman College
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA 99362

December 2003

Dr. George M. Dennison

University of Montana - Missoula
Missoula, MT 59812

December 2003

Mr. Michael E. Holland

 

Linn-Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Blvd. SW
Albany, OR 97321

December 2004

Dr. Alice Jacobson

Portland Community College
P.O. Box 19000
Portland, OR 97280

December 2004

Dr. Jane A. Karas

Flathead Valley Community College
777 Grandview Drive
Kalispell, MT 59901

December 2005

Dr. Carol Lucey

Western Nevada Community College
2201 West College Parkway
Carson City, Nevada 89703

December 2004

Dr. Joseph F. McDonald

Salish Kootenai College
P.O. Box 117
Pablo, MT 59855

December 2003

Mr. Edwin O. McFarlane

Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Boulevard
Portland, OR 97202-8199

December 2004

Ms. Susan McLaughlin

Oregon Community Foundation
1221 SW Yamhill, #100
Portland, OR 97205

December 2005

Dr. David C. Mitchell

Olympic College
1600 Chester Avenue
Bremerton, WA 98337-1699

December 2005

Dr. Ann I. Morey

San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-1171

December 2004

Dr. Paul B. Reichardt

University of Alaska Fairbanks
P.O. Box 757580
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775

December 2005

Dr. Larry D. Roper

Oregon State University
632 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, OR 97331-2153

December 2003

Dr. Kathleen A. Ross, snjm

Heritage College
3240 Fort Road
Toppenish, WA 98948

December 2005

Steven T. Seward, Esq.

1500 Fourth Avenue, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98101

December 2003

Cathy R. Silak, Esq.

Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP
P.O. Box 1617
Boise, ID 83701-1617

December 2004

Dr. Ryan L. Thomas

College of Eastern Utah
451 East 400 North
Price, Utah 84501

December 2004

Dr. Lee R. Thornton

Columbia Basin College
2600 North 20 th Avenue
Pasco, WA 99301

December 2004

Dr. Mary Wack

Washington State University
P.O. Box 642012
Pullman, WA 99164-2012

December 2005

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ARTICLE IX
AMMENDMENT OF BYLAWS
The authority to make, alter, amend or repeal Bylaws is vested in the board of commissioners, and may be exercised at any annual or special meeting of the board.

ARTICLE X
DISSOLUTION
Upon dissolution or winding up, all the corporation's remaining assets shall be distributed by the board of commissioners for similar or identical uses and purposes, to any other organization that would then qualify for exemption under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Code, or any successor provision.

ARTICLE XI
INCORPORATOR
The incorporator's name and address are:

          Name

        Address

LaVerne Woods, Esq.

2600 Century Square
1501 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98101-1688


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this _____ day of _____________, 2003.
 
    _________________________
    LaVerne Woods
Incorporator
 
 
_____________________________  By _____________________________
Date Sandra E. Elman
   
Registered Office Address:
8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100
Redmond,   WA 98052