North Dakota State Sen. Ray Holmberg was elected chair of the WICHE Commission at its meeting Nov. 9 in Broomfield, Colo., while Oregon Community College Association Executive Director Camille Preus was elected vice chair.
In this role, Sen. Holmberg will lead WICHE’s gubernatorially appointed 48-member commission of higher education leaders through November 2019—at which time WICHE’s vice chair traditionally steps up to serve as chair for the subsequent year. Holmberg succeeds 2017-18 WICHE Commission Chair Clayton Christian, who continues as commissioner and for 2018-19 will serve as one of the WICHE Commission’s three principal officers, along with Holmberg and Preus.
Also this fall, WICHE welcomes five new commissioners representing three WICHE states:
- Arizona: Rita H. Cheng, president of Northern Arizona University, and Kathleen H. Goeppinger, president and CEO of Midwestern University
- Montana: Laurie Bishop, member of the Montana House of Representatives, and Sheila M. Stearns, former Montana commissioner of higher education
- South Dakota: Paul B. Beran, executive director and CEO of the South Dakota Board of Regents