Institutional Staff Liaisons

NWCCU assigns a staff liaison to each affiliated institution. This staff liaison serves as the primary resource person to that institution. The staff liaison explains NWCCU policies and procedures and draws on the skills of other staff members to provide effective assistance and service to colleges and universities.

Gita Bangera

Gita Bangera, PhD, Senior Vice President, comes to NWCCU most recently as the first Dean of the Connected Learning Division at Bellevue College, and has served as Interim Vice President of Instruction and Acting Co-President. She founded the RISE Learning Institute developing it from concept to successful implementation to bring high impact practices such as Research, Project, and Service based learning to students across all disciplines. Dr. Bangera served as a working group co-lead for the Accelerating Systemic Change Network, an Aspen Institute Rising Presidents Fellow and Advisory Board Member for the State-wide Faculty of Color Mentoring program, and has supported NWCCU as an Evaluator.

Mac Powell

Dr. Mac Powell serves as Senior Vice President of the Commission on Colleges and Universities. Prior to joining the Commission, he served as president of three universities, and has contributed to the strategic direction of higher education through his service as Chair of the American Council of Education’s Commission on Educational Attainment and Innovation, Commissioner on the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Commission, graduate of the WASC Assessment Leadership Academy, and Chair of the Council of Applied Master’s Programs in Psychology. Dr. Powell’s enthusiasm for continuous improvement and innovation and his breadth of experience adds new perspectives and positions the Commission to continue to embrace the challenging landscape of higher education.

Ron Larsen

Ron Larsen, PhD, PE, Senior Vice President, comes to NWCCU from his most recent position as Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Montana State University-Bozeman. Dr. Larsen previously served as Associate Provost and Interim Dean for the Graduate School in Bozeman, and as Interim Chancellor at Montana State University-Billings. In his various roles, he has helped develop student learning outcomes and assessment, promoted improved retention rates and student success, and instituted measures to close equity gaps. Dr. Larsen has supported NWCCU as an Evaluator, Evaluation Team Chair, and Accreditation Liaison Officer.

Selena Grace

Selena Grace, PhD, Senior Vice President, recently served as Vice Provost for Academic Strategy & Institutional Effectiveness at Idaho State University. Dr. Grace brings significant experience leading transformational change in education policy and practices, as well as bringing diverse constituents together. She was a member of the inaugural cohort of the WICHE Western Academic Leadership Academy, and her previous experience includes Chief Academic Officer at the Idaho State Board of Education where she was the primary author and manager of the Complete College Idaho Plan. Dr. Grace has supported NWCCU as an Evaluator, Evaluation Team Chair, and Accreditation Liaison Officer, and has deep knowledge of accreditation and higher education regulations.

Institutional Liaisons by Institution

(updated 3/28/2022)

Aaniiih Nakoda College, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Alaska Pacific University, Dr. Mac Powell
Ameritech College of Healthcare, Dr. Mac Powell
Bastyr University, Dr. Ron Larsen
Bates Technical College, Dr. Mac Powell
Bellevue College, Dr. Mac Powell
Bellingham Technical College, Dr. Ron Larsen
Big Bend Community College, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Blackfeet Community College, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Blue Mountain Community College, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Boise State University, Dr. Mac Powell
Brigham Young University, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Brigham Young University – Idaho, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Bushnell University , Dr. Ron Larsen
Capilano University, Dr. Ron Larsen
Carroll College, Dr. Mac Powell
Cascadia College, Dr. Ron Larsen
Central Oregon Community College, Dr. Gita Bangera
Central Washington University, Dr. Gita Bangera
Centralia College, Dr. Ron Larsen
Chemeketa Community College, Dr. Ron Larsen
Chief Dull Knife College, Dr. Selena M. Grace
City University of Seattle, Dr. Gita Bangera
Clackamas Community College, Dr. Gita Bangera
Clark College, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Clatsop Community College, Dr. Ron Larsen
Clover Park Technical College, Dr. Mac Powell
College of Eastern Idaho, Dr. Mac Powell
College of Southern Idaho, Dr. Gita Bangera
College of Southern Nevada, Dr. Mac Powell
College of Western Idaho, Dr. Ron Larsen
Columbia Basin College, Dr. Mac Powell
Columbia Gorge Community College, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Corban University, Dr. Ron Larsen
Cornish College of the Arts, Dr. Mac Powell
Dawson Community College, Dr. Ron Larsen
Dixie State University, Dr. Ron Larsen
Eastern Oregon University, Dr. Gita Bangera
Eastern Washington University, Dr. Ron Larsen
Edmonds Community College, Dr. Mac Powell
Ensign College, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Everett Community College, Dr. Ron Larsen
Flathead Valley Community College, Dr. Gita Bangera
Fort Peck Community College, Dr. Selena M. Grace
George Fox University, Dr. Ron Larsen
Gonzaga University, Dr. Ron Larsen
Grays Harbor College, Dr. Ron Larsen
Great Basin College, Dr. Ron Larsen
Great Falls College Montana State University, Dr. Gita Bangera
Green River College, Dr. Ron Larsen
Helena College University of Montana, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Heritage University, Dr. Gita Bangera
Highline College, Dr. Mac Powell
Idaho State University, Dr. Gita Bangera
Ilisagvik College, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Klamath Community College, Dr. Gita Bangera
Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Lane Community College, Dr. Gita Bangera
Lewis and Clark College, Dr. Ron Larsen
Lewis-Clark State College, Dr. Gita Bangera
Linfield College, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Linn-Benton Community College, Dr. Ron Larsen
Little Big Horn College, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Lower Columbia College, Dr. Ron Larsen
Miles Community College, Dr. Ron Larsen
Montana State University – Billings, Dr. Gita Bangera
Montana State University – Bozeman, Dr. Gita Bangera
Montana State University – Northern, Dr. Gita Bangera
Montana Technological University, Dr. Mac Powell
Mount Angel Seminary, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Mt. Hood Community College, Dr. Gita Bangera
Multnomah University, Dr. Ron Larsen
National University of Natural Medicine, Dr. Ron Larsen
Neumont College of Computer Science, Dr. Ron Larsen
Nevada State College, Dr. Mac Powell
New Saint Andrews, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Nightingale College, Dr. Mac Powell
North Idaho College, Dr. Ron Larsen
North Seattle College, Dr. Mac Powell
Northwest Indian College, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Northwest Nazarene University, Dr. Ron Larsen
Northwest University, Dr. Mac Powell
Olympic College, Dr. Mac Powell
Oregon Coast Community College, Dr. Gita Bangera
Oregon Health and Science University, Dr. Gita Bangera
Oregon Institute of Technology, Dr. Gita Bangera
Oregon State University, Dr. Gita Bangera
Pacific Lutheran University, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, Dr. Gita Bangera
Pacific University, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Peninsula College, Dr. Ron Larsen
Pierce College, Dr. Mac Powell
Portland Community College, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Portland State University, Dr. Gita Bangera
Reed College, Dr. Ron Larsen
Renton Technical College, Dr. Gita Bangera
Rocky Mountain College, Dr. Gita Bangera
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Dr. Mac Powell
Rogue Community College, Dr. Gita Bangera
Roseman University of Health Sciences, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Saint Martin’s University, Dr. Mac Powell
Salish Kootenai College, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Salt Lake Community College, Dr. Gita Bangera
Seattle Central College, Dr. Mac Powell
Seattle Pacific University, Dr. Ron Larsen
Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, Dr. Ron Larsen
Seattle University, Dr. Ron Larsen
Shoreline Community College, Dr. Mac Powell
Simon Fraser University, Dr. Ron Larsen
Skagit Valley College, Dr. Gita Bangera
Snow College, Dr. Gita Bangera
South Puget Sound Community College, Dr. Mac Powell
South Seattle College, Dr. Mac Powell
Southern Oregon University, Dr. Gita Bangera
Southern Utah University, Dr. Gita Bangera
Southwestern Oregon Community College, Dr. Gita Bangera
Spokane Community College, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Spokane Falls Community College, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Stone Child College, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Tacoma Community College, Dr. Mac Powell
The College of Idaho, Dr. Gita Bangera
The Evergreen State College, Dr. Ron Larsen
The University of Montana – Missoula, Dr. Selena M. Grace
The University of Montana – Western, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Thompson Rivers University, Dr. Ron Larsen
Tillamook Bay Community College, Dr. Gita Bangera
Treasure Valley Community College, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Truckee Meadows Community College, Dr. Mac Powell
Umpqua Community College, Dr. Selena M. Grace
University of Alaska Anchorage, Dr. Mac Powell
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Dr. Mac Powell
University of Alaska Southeast, Dr. Mac Powell
University of Idaho, Dr. Ron Larsen
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Dr. Mac Powell
University of Nevada, Reno, Dr. Mac Powell
University of Oregon, Dr. Mac Powell
University of Portland, Dr. Gita Bangera
University of Providence, Dr. Gita Bangera
University of Puget Sound, Dr. Mac Powell
University of Utah, Dr. Gita Bangera
University of Washington, Dr. Mac Powell
University of Western States, Dr. Mac Powell
Utah State University, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Utah Valley University, Dr. Ron Larsen
Walla Walla Community College, Dr. Mac Powell
Walla Walla University, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Warner Pacific University, Dr. Mac Powell
Washington State University, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Weber State University, Dr. Mac Powell
Wenatchee Valley College, Dr. Ron Larsen
Western Governors University, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Western Nevada College, Dr. Ron Larsen
Western Oregon University, Dr. Gita Bangera
Western Seminary, Dr. Gita Bangera
Western Washington University, Dr. Ron Larsen
Westminster College, Dr. Ron Larsen
Whatcom Community College, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Whitman College, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Whitworth University, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Willamette University, Dr. Selena M. Grace
Yakima Valley College, Dr. Selena M. Grace