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Meyer seeks another term as NIC trustee

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Posted: Monday, August 27, 2012 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Another incumbent's name will be on the November ballot in the North Idaho College trustee election.

Judy Meyer announced Sunday that she will seek another term on the NIC board.

"NIC has great momentum right now, and I want to continue the progress," Meyer said.

Meyer's leadership experience in education in Idaho, locally and at the state level, goes back more than two decades. She served on the NIC board from 1990 to 1994, until she was appointed by then-Gov. Cecil Andrus to a five-year term on the Idaho State Board of Education. Meyer was elected president of the state board in 1998.

She was elected to the NIC board again in 2002 and was re-elected in 2008.

"The NIC board's responsibility to chart the course for the future growth of the school is our biggest opportunity," Meyer said. "My extensive experience in higher education governance gives me constructive insight and vision into the complex decisions ahead of us."

She said she believes in NIC and has high expectations for the college.

NIC is positioned for growth, Meyer said, citing the recent hiring of new president Joe Dunlap and the completion of the development of the infrastructure on the education corridor property. The college's purchase of the land was completed in 2010, during Meyer's recent term on the board. It expands the NIC campus while providing space for other Idaho higher education institutions to do the same, especially the University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College, schools that already have a strong presence near the NIC campus.

"I am determined to continue and extend our cooperative efforts with our education partners to expand the four-year degree opportunities in Coeur d'Alene," Meyer said.

At the same time, she said the NIC board is committed to growing its professional-technical education (PTE) programs. Meyer said the board selected Dunlap to serve as the college's next president after Priscilla Bell's retirement because of Dunlap's strong experience in the PTE area.

The future of NIC, and the region it serves, relies strongly on the college's ability to adapt to changing conditions, Meyer said.

"Whether we are in times of economic prosperity or times of stress, the NIC professional-technical and workforce training programs must be nimble, flexible and responsive to the needs of our business community," she said.

During Meyer's time on the Idaho State Board of Education in the '90s, she played a key role in the development of programs and policies designed to increase collaboration among the state's public colleges and universities, something she still strongly advocates for. The goals of these efforts, Meyer said, are to reduce duplication among the schools and keep higher education programs affordable and accessible to students while providing for seamless transfer between programs.

She pointed to NIC's growing online education opportunities as new options for convenient, affordable access to the college's programs.

Meyer also strongly supports the current state board of education and Gov. Butch Otter's Complete College Idaho initiative. That program's purpose is to significantly increase the number of Idaho students who finish their postsecondary education and earn a degree or certificate. Meyer said NIC will play an important role in this effort because community colleges offer the most cost-effective higher education opportunities nationwide.

"My experience at the state level has helped NIC establish a new coalition among the three community colleges (NIC, the College of Southern Idaho and the College of Western Idaho) to advocate collectively at the state level for funding for community college programs," Meyer said.

Meyer has extensive experience on boards beyond the realm of higher education including Blue Cross of Idaho, the Community Library Network, Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce, Hospice of North Idaho and the Idaho State Historical Society.

Meyer is a founding member and regional vice-chair of Idaho Business for Education, a statewide group of CEOs who work to improve education in Idaho.

She and her husband Steve own Parkwood Business Properties, a commercial real estate development company operating in the Coeur d'Alene area.

"When we recruit businesses to this area, one of the first questions is about the education opportunities and the capabilities of possible employees," Meyer said. "I think the path to employment success and community well-being is through our education system."

The NIC board seats now held by Mic Armon and Ron Vieselmeyer are also up for election on Nov. 6. Armon has announced his candidacy, and Vieselmeyer said he will not seek another term.

The deadline for candidates to file their declarations/petitions of candidacy is Friday at 5 p.m.

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  • Nam trung posted at 9:07 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.

    Nam trung Posts: 7

    Well Randy. probably not saying anything more

  • local res posted at 10:43 pm on Mon, Aug 27, 2012.

    local res Posts: 1165

    Randy are you and Mrs. Meyers related by chance?

  • NoName posted at 7:43 pm on Mon, Aug 27, 2012.

    NoName Posts: 253

    Randy, you're almost there..... concernedcitizen is on the right track.......

  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:05 pm on Mon, Aug 27, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    Actually, we all should keep an eye on the "COMMERCIAL", I mean, Education Corridor and see just who get the commercial part. Anyone ELSE wanna bet parkwood will have a share?

  • NoName posted at 3:18 pm on Mon, Aug 27, 2012.

    NoName Posts: 253

    CHSdad... you're off topic. The topic remains: Why did the Press not disclose the true size of the families ownersip of property? If it's not important, why bring it up at all? The Press has a way of spin selling its agenda.

    I don't care if she's elected or not- I don't have a dog in this fight. Simply I am pointing out the fact that the Press didn't tell all...... and btw, I didn't complain about your girl, but rather the lack of fact in the story.... you need to chill out.

  • apathoid posted at 12:27 pm on Mon, Aug 27, 2012.

    apathoid Posts: 211

    It will be fun to watch her lose...not as much fun as when Christie Wood loses, but almost. Her legacy will be a multi-million dollar (tax payer rip off!) parking lot with a couple of round-abouts that have dead flowers in the middle of them. She likely won't be remembered for much else....

  • CHSdad posted at 11:54 am on Mon, Aug 27, 2012.

    CHSdad Posts: 380

    Facts, NoName? How about the fact that she bothers to run, the fact that she is qualified and the fact that she has been elected before rather than just being placed there. And the fact that you complain from the sideline but don't do anything positive yourself.

  • NoName posted at 11:22 am on Mon, Aug 27, 2012.

    NoName Posts: 253

    Randy, the Press brought it up in the most favorable it does for all of the Good Ol' Boy network and it's family members. I don't why you would take offense to the facts.

  • Will Penny posted at 11:20 am on Mon, Aug 27, 2012.

    Will Penny Posts: 301

    I'll be voting for ABAM. Anybody But ANY Meyer.

  • haydenres posted at 8:19 am on Mon, Aug 27, 2012.

    haydenres Posts: 92

    Well said Randy.

  • NoName posted at 6:56 am on Mon, Aug 27, 2012.

    NoName Posts: 253

    ""She and her husband Steve own Parkwood Business Properties, a commercial real estate development company operating in the Coeur d'Alene area.""

    -She and her husband Steve own 90% of cda.- To be clear.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:21 am on Mon, Aug 27, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    Well put voxpop

  • voxpop posted at 5:37 am on Mon, Aug 27, 2012.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    The public schools crumble but NIC takes our money and paves paradise to put up a parking lot.

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