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Posted: Monday, October 15, 2012 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Dean Haagenson says he has no hidden agenda in running for a seat on the North Idaho College Board of Trustees.

"I think North Idaho College is a real jewel that we don't always fully appreciate," Haagenson said. "I'd just like to be part of continuing that record of excellence."

Haagenson, 70, is running for election to NIC board Seat C now held by Ron Vieselmeyer, who is not seeking re-election.

A longtime proponent of professional-technical education, Haagenson said he's naturally interested in maintaining those programs at the college.

"But unlike some, I also believe serving the academic transfer students is a primary responsibility," Haagenson said.

He is no stranger to holding public office, having served in the Idaho House of Representatives from 1983 to 1990.

In light of recent state budget cuts for higher education, Haagenson said maintaining fair and proper balance among the college's main revenue sources is crucial. The bulk of NIC's funding comes from a state appropriation, local property taxes and student tuition.

"Facilities are also going to be a major issue for the college considering the way the student count has grown," Haagenson said. "I think with my construction background, I can help with that."

Haagenson has lived in Kootenai County for 36 years. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho.

He is chairman of the board of Contractors Northwest, a Coeur d'Alene-based building construction company Haagenson co-founded in 1975.

"I recognize fully that a public institution is not a business, but having a business background is an important thing," Haagenson said. "I think my 37-year career will serve me well in analyzing those budgets."

Haagenson said he has time to dedicate to the NIC board because he's stepping back from full-time work.

He also served on the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce's board of directors and has been on the chamber's public policy committee for several years. Through the years, he has served on boards and committees connected with construction industry associations.

Haagenson was on the governing board of KTEC and participated in the founding efforts to open the new public professional-technical high school. He resigned from the KTEC board after his company was selected, through a competitive bidding process, to build the school that opened last month. Haagenson was one of the private sector contributors that paid for some of the land where the school is located.

He has served on the local Workforce Development Task Force and served by appointment of the governor on the Idaho Workforce Council. He served on NIC's Long Range Planning Commitee last year.

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  • exclamation posted at 10:38 pm on Mon, Oct 15, 2012.

    exclamation Posts: 56

    Rofl nic caring about students, lol the only part of the student that nic cares about is there tuition and, how much they can Nickle & dime them at every corner. Ill vote for any one that has the brass for the serious changes that need to take place.

  • mister d posted at 5:53 pm on Mon, Oct 15, 2012.

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    The NIC Board has done a nice job on a whole. The students get a good education that leads them into a 4 year college if they choose, but most important to most people, they have kept increases to a minimum for local taxpayers. Taxes for NIC have gone up less than $10 total in the last couple of years. NIC is big bang for the buck. I will vote for the incumbants and definitely steer clear of anyone that is endorsed by the Regan Republicans, or whatever they call themselves now adays. I have seen what they have done to public education and it is sad for the students.

  • rationaldiscussionplz posted at 10:10 am on Mon, Oct 15, 2012.

    rationaldiscussionplz Posts: 266

    Dean Haagenson, Mic Armon and Judy Meyer have all been endorsed for NIC Trustee by the Kootenai County Democrat Party.


    The Democrats already have control over the NIC Board of Trustees, because the Democrats also endorsed Ken Howard and Christie Wood in the 2010 election, both of whom won. Which means that at least 4 of the 5 current trustees have been endorsed by the Kootenai County Democrats.

  • Will Penny posted at 8:14 am on Mon, Oct 15, 2012.

    Will Penny Posts: 274

    "Dean Haagenson says he has no hidden agenda in running for a seat on the North Idaho College Board of Trustees."

    That's really rich, no hidden agenda! I guess that's why when Deanny-Boy was associated with Concerned Businesses of North Idaho (CBNI) they were pejoratively referred to as COCEALED businesses of North Idaho.

    As to the truste election, I'll be voting for anybody but ham; haageson, armon, meyer!

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