Northwest College President Stefani Hicswa to depart for MSU Billings Chancellor Position | Big Horn Radio Network | Wyoming

Northwest College President Stefani Hicswa to depart for MSU Billings Chancellor Position

Written by on October 20, 2020

Northwest College President Stefani Hicswa announced Tuesday that she will be leaving to become the new chancellor of Montana State University Billings. Hicswa has been the president of NWC since 2013.

“I will miss the extraordinary faculty, staff, and students at Northwest College,” Hicswa said. “We accomplished some amazing things together in the last seven and a half years.”

She isn’t bluffing either. Under Hicswa’s guidance, NWC managed to do a lot of amazing things:

  • Achieve the high highest retention rate of all post-secondary institutions in Wyoming.
  • Achieved the highest completion rate in the history of the college
  • Completed construction of the institution’s largest instructional facility; received one of the best accreditation reports in NWC’s history
  • Launched comprehensive strategic visioning, enrollment management, and facilities master plans.

“Dr. Hicswa and her family have been tremendous contributors to not only the college but the community as a whole,” NWC Board President Dusty Spomer said. “They will be greatly missed. Northwest College will do well to replace President Hicswa with someone of her caliber and with her passion for students and the community college mission.”

Her resignation takes effect Friday, Jan. 8; however, she will be on leave beginning Wednesday, Nov. 11.

In the meantime, NWC Vice President of Administrative Services Lisa Watson will serve as acting president, starting Nov. 11.

This story will be updated as information comes. 


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