Birth date: 7/9/41
Profession: business woman, community volunteer
Educational background: BA, Kalamazoo College; post graduate work at U of Delaware
Public service (elected or appointed offices): currently: North Idaho College Trustee; Community Library Network Trustee; Idaho State Historical Society Trustee. Formerly: Idaho State Board of Education (appointed by the Governor), Blue Cross of Idaho Board of Directors;
Community service (service clubs, nonprofit boards, etc.): current: Idaho Business for Education Vice Chair; Idaho Public Television Board; CdA Chamber Education Committee. Formerly: Hospice of NI Board of Directors; Cd'A Chamber of Commerce Board.
How many years as a resident of your city: 44
Marital status: Married
Family: 2 married sons, 1 grandson
Hobbies: Reading, hiking, skiing, travel
1. Why are you running for office?
I'm running for office because I have a passion for education. I believe NIC provides uncommon opportunity for our citizens to learn and gain skills that make them better community citizens with excellent thinking and work skills.
2. What do you see as the three biggest issues you'll face?
a - Keeping NIC affordable and in balance with the right tax policy
b - Being responsive to the needs of students, local business, and taxpayers
c - Expanding the role of the college to meet the Governor's objective of having 60% of our adults between age 25 and 34 with a college certificate or degree by 2020.
3. If elected, what steps will you take to resolve these issues?
a - NIC enrollment grew 45% in the last 6 years. The tax dollars collected and spent for college operations grew only 37% so we improved efficiency during the recession. We added foregone taxes to buy the millsite to create the education corridor which provides a path for the future growth for the college. This is prudent management during a challenging time.
b -The Board sets policy to meet the needs of students and employers but students drive the programs by selecting what they want. It is our job to get the best results for the investment taxpayers put into NIC. We purposefully selected the new President with extensive experience in Professional-Technical education.
c - To move the percentage of 25 to 34 year olds with a college certificate or degree from the current 31% in 2012 to the 60% goal by 2020, we must
- Transform remediation
- Improve retention
- reinforce attainment of certificates or degrees
4. What specific skills or experience qualify you for this job?
- Demonstrated success in higher education governance - elected to 3 terms NIC trustee, appointed by the Governor to the State Board of Education, elected President of the State Board; awarded University President's medallion for Educational Excellence
- Successful business owner and community investor for 37 years
- Trusted in many situations for clear thinking on complex issues
5. Why should voters elect you, rather than an opponent?
Voters should elect me because I have the best experience to apply to this job. I have already worked with many of the difficult issues in higher ed. Effective Board governance requires time and attention to listen and understand competing needs; finding the right balance between taxes and programs; and a clear vision for the future.