Sebaaly resigns from NIC

A central figure in the furor at North Idaho College has left the school.

Wrestling coach and former interim president Michael Sebaaly resigned on Sept. 23, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reported earlier this week.

The move came about three weeks after Sebaaly was placed on paid administrative leave. He was placed on leave on Sept. 1, for an undetermined period of time, according to the Coeur d’Alene Press.

NIC has not released details about Sebaaly’s resignation or the reasons for his administrative leave.

Sebaaly was named interim president at the Coeur d’Alene-based community college in October, barely a month after trustees fired President Rick MacLennan without explanation or cause. MacLennan’s ouster, and Sebaaly’s promotion, divided the college’s board of trustees, with both moves occurring on 3-2 votes.

On another divided vote, trustees in June hired North Idaho native and University of Idaho alumnus Nick Swayne to succeed Sebaaly as president. Swayne started on the job in August.

Listen: Check out our recent podcast interview with Swayne.



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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