Stefani Hicswa, Northwest College’s new president, will assume her duties July 15.
Hicswa, 44, comes to NWC with seven years of experience as president at Miles Community College in Miles City, Mont. Prior to that, she operated a consulting firm in Wilsall, Mont., that specialized in strategic planning and organizational development.
“I am thrilled to be offered the presidency at Northwest College,” Hicswa said. “It will be an honor to serve the college and community. The community support for Northwest College is beyond anything I have seen in the 22 years I have worked in community colleges.”
Hicswa holds a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin. The focus of her dissertation research was the role of community college presidents in rural community development.
She earned her master’s in adult, community and higher education from Montana State University in Bozeman and a bachelor’s in organizational communication from the University of Montana in Missoula.
She signed a two-year contract with an annual salary of $162,000 for the 2013-15 years. She and her husband, Scott, have two sons, Kalin, 8, and Keegan, 7.
Hicswa and two other finalists visited Powell in late January and early February, meeting with community members and NWC faculty, staff and students.
She will replace Paul Prestwich who announced in March 2012 that he would be leaving after fulfilling his contract through June 2013.