NIC hires new dean from across the border

NIC hires new dean from across the border

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Dustin Hurst
January 7, 2010
Dustin Hurst
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January 7, 2010

A national search for a dean of the professional, technical and workforce education program at North Idaho College has yielded a local man to fill the position.  Here is a copy of the release issued Wednesday on NIC's website:

NIC names new dean of professional, technical and workforce education

1/6/2010John “Mike” Mires has been selected as the new dean of professional, technical and workforce education. He started at NIC Jan. 4.

“Mike brings with him a wealth of experience on professional, technical and workforce education in a community college setting,” said NIC President Priscilla Bell. “He’s a community college graduate and his experience as an instructor will even further enable him to work with faculty and students in NIC’s credit professional-technical and non-credit workforce training programs.”

The dean of professional, technical and workforce education position was vacated by Judy Hodge, who retired in December. A national search was conducted by a committee made up of NIC faculty and staff and community members to fill the vacancy permanently.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be joining the faculty, staff and students of NIC,” Mires said. “I look forward to contributing to the continued success of NIC and the future economic growth of the northern Idaho community. I’m eager to meet everyone and look forward to my future at North Idaho College.”

Mires served as the dean of instruction for technical education for six years at Spokane Community College prior to being hired at NIC. At Spokane Community College, he has also served as the interim dean of business, hospitality and information technology as well as the computer information systems and accounting department chair. He started at SCC as a business computer systems instructor in 1983.

Mires also owned a computer consulting service from 1990-1997 and worked summers in the construction trades for 10 years.

Mires holds a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University and an associate’s degree from Citrus Community College in Azusa, Calif. He currently lives in Spokane, Wash.

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