CWI trustees give president a contract extension and a raise

A month after the head of the faculty Senate expressed no confidence in College of Western Idaho President Bert Glandon, the college’s board gave Glandon a one-year contract extension.

The extension comes with a raise of about $5,500, Erin Bamer of the Idaho Press reported Tuesday. Glandon earned $248,359.14 in 2018, Bamer reported.

The extension means Glandon is under contract for the next three years.

On April 16, criminal justice associate professor and Faculty Senate President Stephanie Ritchie Breach publicly read a letter to college trustees, expressing no confidence in CWI’s administration. Based on surveys of CWI’s 146 faculty members, Ritchie Breach said administration has created a culture of fear, while running the rapidly growing college as if it were a for-profit entity.

At Tuesday’s meeting, CWI board president Skip Smyser said the college would come up with a plan to rebuild relationships, but he asserted that the board has respect for Glandon, Bamer reported. Ritchie Breach told Bamer that she considered the response inadequate.

More reading: More from Bamer of Tuesday’s board meeting, as trustees discuss whether to increase student fees.



Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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