Ousted NIC president receives nearly $500,000

Ousted North Idaho College President Rick MacLennan will receive close to $500,000 from the college and its insurance carrier, the Coeur d’Alene Press reported.

Rick MacLennan

Through a public records request, the Press was able to tally up the cost of MacLennan’s ouster in September.

The first $249,971 comes from the college’s agreement with MacLennan. When a split board of trustees voted to fire MacLennan without explanation, the college agreed to provide MacLennan 12 months’ salary and benefits.

Another $250,000 comes from the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program, NIC’s insurer, the Press reported. This settles MacLennan’s Oct. 1 lawsuit against the college and trustees Todd Banducci and Greg McKenzie and former trustee Michael Barnes, the three board members who voted to fire MacLennan.

As the Press noted, NIC is also paying interim President Michael Sebaaly $180,000 a year. The college is searching for a permanent successor.

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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