Commissioners

The Board of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities consists of up to twenty-six Commissioners. Commissioners are elected for staggered three-year terms and serve without compensation. A majority of the Commissioners represents institutions accredited by the Commission with consideration given for diversity of institutions and geographical distribution, including at least one person from the region’s tribal colleges. One-seventh (1/7th) of the commissioners must be persons representing the general public. In addition, the board may have up to two persons from higher educational institution(s) of a region or regions outside of the commission’s region. Such persons must be actively employed by an institution that is accredited by an agency recognized for accreditation purposes by the United States Department of Education. Commission meetings are held in the summer and winter each year but various committees meet more frequently to facilitate the Commission’s work.

Dr. Robin Baker 

President
George Fox University
414 North Meridian Street
Newberg, OR 97132

Mr. Mark Calvert

Public Member
Managing Director
Cascade Capital Group, LLC
Seattle, WA

Dr. Susan Capalbo 

Senior Vice Provost
Oregon State University
624 Kerr Administration Building 
Corvallis, OR 97331

Dr. Marty Cavalluzzi

President
Olympic College
1600 Chester Avenue
Bremerton, WA 98337

Dr. Delores (Kandee) Cleary

Vice President of Inclusivity and Diversity
Central Washington University
400 E University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926

Dr. Noelle Cockett

President
Utah State University
1400 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322

Dr. Marta Yera Cronin

President
Columbia Gorge Community College
400 East Scenic Drive
The Dalles, OR 97058

Dr. Scott Finnie

Director of the Africana Education Program
Eastern Washington University
214 Showalter Hall
Cheney, WA 99004

Dr. Stefani Hicswa

Chancellor
Montana State University – Billings
1500 University Drive
Billings, MT 59101

Dr. Bogdan Hoanca

Professor of Management Information Systems
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508

Mr. Kevin Melcher

Public Member
Reno, NV

Dr. Thayne McCulloh (Chair)

President
Gonzaga University
502 East Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258

Dr. Amy Morrison

President
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
11605 132nd Avenue N.E.
Kirkland, WA 98034

Mr. Jake Rivera

Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs
Great Basin College
1500 College Parkway
Elko, NV 89801

Dr. Joseph Schaffer

President
Laramie County Community College
1400 East College Drive
Cheyenne, WY 82009

Dr. Rachel Solemsaas

Chancellor
Hawaiʻi Community College
1175 Manono St
Hilo, HI 96720

Dr. Marlene Tromp

President
Boise State University
1910 W University Dr
Boise, ID 83725

Mr. Kevin Worthen

President
Brigham Young University
C-327 ASB
Provo, UT 84602

Dr. David Yarlott, Jr.

President
Little Big Horn College
P.O. Box 370
Crow Agency, MT 59022

Dr. Jim Youde

Public Member
Principal
JY Associates
Vancouver, WA

Members of the Executive Committee

Dr. Robin Baker 

President
George Fox University

Mr. Mark Calvert

Public Member
Managing Director
Cascade Capital Group, LLC

Dr. Bogdan Hoanca

Professor of Management Information Systems
University of Alaska Anchorage

Dr. Thayne McCulloh (Chair)

President
Gonzaga University

Dr. Rachel Solemsaas

Chancellor
Hawaiʻi Community College

Dr. Marlene Tromp

President
Boise State University

Mr. Kevin Worthen

President
Brigham Young University

Dr. David Yarlott, Jr.

President
Little Big Horn College

Standing Committees of the Commission

Nominations Committee

Marlene Tromp, Chair, Boise State University
Marty Cavaluzzi, Olympic College
Jake Rivera, Great Basin College
Scott Carnz, City University of Seattle
Jessica Hopkins, Lane County Community College
Gita Bangera, NWCCU Staff Liaison

Bylaws, Standards, and Policies Committee

Bogdan Hoana, Chair, University of Alaska Anchorage
Susan Capalbo, Oregon State University
Scott Finnie, Easter Washington University
Kevin Melcher, Public Member, Community Foundation of Northern Nevada
Boyd Baggett, Non-Commissioner Member, Brigham Young University – Idaho
Ron Larsen, NWCCU Staff Liaison

Finance Committee

Robin Baker, George Fox University
Noelle Cockett, Utah State University
Amy Morrison, Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Jacob Atkin, Utah Valley University
Brett Riley, Wenatchee Valley College

Audit Committee

Kevin Worthen, Brigham Young University, Chair
Mark Calvert, Cascade Capital Group
Jim Youde, JY Associates
Glenn Ford, University of Western States