North Idaho College has selected Graydon Stanley, the former dean of students at the College of Southern Idaho, as its new vice president for student services.
“I am thrilled Graydon is going to join our team here at North Idaho College,” said NIC President Dr. Joe Dunlap. “His experience and commitment to students in Idaho is going to be a tremendous addition to NIC and a wonderful benefit for our students.”
Stanley was selected out of five finalists for the position to replace Sheldon Nord, who assumed presidency of his alma mater Corban University in Salem, Ore. on July 1. Stanley is slated to begin working at NIC on Aug. 20.
Stanley has served as CSI’s dean of students since 1984, which grew dramatically in student population, programs and facilities under his tenure. In that position, he was responsible for the administration and leadership of student services units including student activities, student health center, housing, new students services, student union, multicultural student services, food service, outdoor programs, student government, campus recreation, child care, orientation and student conduct.
While serving as dean of students at CSI, Stanley was actively participating in four accredited reviews, leading an initiative to improve services for veterans returning to college and developing facilities for students that included the CSI student union, the recreation center and additions to both the residence hall and campus-owned apartments.
Stanley said he was grateful for the opportunities he had at the College of Southern Idaho, which were fueled by the dedication of its employees.
“The employees of North Idaho College have that same passion for serving students and the community, so I am looking forward to being a part of their team,” Stanley said. “Every day that goes by I’m more excited about working with the team up there. The days just can’t quite go by fast enough.”
While at CSI, Stanley created new recruitment and retention programs including Abriendo Caminos, a bridge program for Latino students; Invitation to Success, a retention program for first-generation and at-risk students; and Road Trip to Success, an online orientation. He taught classes in developmental math and political science in the last three years, which gave him opportunities to interact with and serve students while working alongside faculty and using technologies and services that are a common part of their day.
Stanley graduated from the College of Idaho where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education with a minor in history. He received a master’s degree in school counseling from the College of Idaho in 1986 and has begun work on a doctorate from the University of Idaho.