The WICHE Commission

The WICHE Commission oversees the development of WICHE programs and assures that the Western Regional Compact is carried out for the benefit of the citizens of the West. WICHE’s 48 commissioners are appointed by the governors of the 15 Western states and the U.S. Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States. The commissioners are leaders in higher education and include state higher education executive officers, college and university presidents, legislators, business and community leaders, and other key partners. In accordance with the organization’s bylaws, the WICHE Commission has three primary responsibilities:

  • Fiduciary duty, including oversight of the organization’s finances
  • Provide strategic direction for the organization through approval of WICHE’s annual Workplan
  • Select and evaluate the WICHE president

The commission also appoints members of the WICHE Legislative Advisory Committee which, though not technically a formal commission committee, is composed of WICHE-region legislators as well as several commissioners.

Upcoming WICHE Commission Meetings

November 4 (Virtual)

May 16-17 (South Dakota)
November 10-11 (Colorado)

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WICHE Commissioners

*Executive Committee Member


* Susan Anderson

WICHE Commission Chair, President/CEO, The CIRI Foundation

James Johnsen

Senior Fellow, National Association of System Heads

Donn Liston

Commissioner, Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education


John Arnold

Executive Director, Arizona Board of Regents

* Rita Cheng

President Emerita, Northern Arizona University

Kathleen Goeppinger

President/CEO, Midwestern University


Christopher Cabaldon

Professor, Sacramento State University

Ellen Junn

President, California State University, Stanislaus

* Robert Shireman

Director of Higher Education Excellence and Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation


Jim Chavez

Executive Director, Latin American Educational Foundation (LAEF)

* Antwan Jefferson

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver

Angie Paccione

Executive Director, Colorado Department of Higher Education


* David Lassner

WICHE Commission Vice Chair, President, University of Hawai'i

John Morton

Vice President Emeritus, University of Hawai'i Community Colleges

Colleen Sathre

Vice President Emeritus, University of Hawai'i


* Rick Aman

President, College of Eastern Idaho

Matt Freeman

Executive Director, Office of the Idaho State Board of Education

Dave Lent

Senator, Idaho State Legislature


Laurie Bishop

Representative, Montana State Legislature

* Clayton Christian

Commissioner of Higher Education, Montana University System

Sheila Stearns

Past President, University of Montana


Catherine (Cathy) Dinauer

Executive Director, Nevada State Board of Nursing

* Fred Lokken

Professor, Truckee Meadows Community College

Melody Rose

Chancellor, Nevada System of Higher Education


* Barbara Damron

Chief Government Relations Officer and Professor, University of New Mexico

Mark Moores

Senator, New Mexico State Legislature

Patricia Sullivan

Director, Office of Strategic Initiatives, New Mexico State University


Mark Hagerott

Chancellor, North Dakota University System

* Ray Holmberg

Senator, North Dakota State Legislature

Jill Louters

Superintendent, New Rockford-Sheyenne School District


Ben Cannon

Executive Director, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission

* Camille Preus

WICHE Commission Immediate Past Chair, Executive Director, Oregon Community College Association

Hilda Rosselli

Educational Policy Consultant


Brian Maher

Executive Director and CEO, South Dakota Board of Regents

* Larry Tidemann

Representative, South Dakota Legislature

Diana VanderWoude

Vice President, Learning, Education and Development, Sanford Health


* Frankie Eliptico

Vice President, Administration and Advancement, Northern Marianas College

Rodney Jacob

Attorney, Partner, Calvo Fisher & Jacob LLP


Patricia Jones

CEO, Women's Leadership Institute and Member of the Utah Board of Regents

* Ann Millner

Senator, Utah State Legislature

David Woolstenhulme

Commissioner of Higher Education, Utah System of Higher Education


* Don Bennett

Deputy Director, Washington Student Achievement Council

Gerry Pollet

Representative, Washington State Legislature

Thomas L. (Les) Purce

President Emeritus, The Evergreen State College


* Fred Baldwin

Senator, Wyoming State Legislature

Kimberly Dale

President, Western Wyoming Community College Rock Springs

David Jones

Dean, College of Health Sciences, University of Wyoming

Full agendas for the WICHE Commission biannual meetings and related committee materials:

For more information, please contact:

Laura Ewing

Executive Assistant to the President and to the Commission