North Idaho College board fires President Rick MacLennan without cause

By: | September 24, 2021

Rick MacLennan is out as president of North Idaho College.

The North Idaho College Board of Trustees voted 3-2 Wednesday to fire MacLennan, who has served as president since 2016, without cause. His termination will take effect at the end of the day Thursday.

Trustees subsequently moved to name Lita Burns, vice president of instruction, acting president effective Friday. Burns, who noted she has served under four different presidents over the past two decades, appeared surprised by the appointment, which one trustee said was not discussed with her at all before Wednesday’s meeting.

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