Friday, August 19, 2016

College of Western Idaho: Promises Made. Promises Kept. Dunham Is Running for Re-election!

IT IS OFFICIAL! I am running for re-election to the Board of the College of Western Idaho representing Zone 5! I am asking for your vote November 8th! Though I represent Zone 5, I am “elected at large” meaning ALL voters in Canyon and Ada Counties elect trustees.

I have been on the board since the beginning in July of 2007 when we had one vacant building, a hundred acres, no programs, and no personnel. We didn't even have a phone. 

Nevertheless, we had huge dreams and expectations!  In those nine years, CWI has become the hallmark of community college innovation, serving more than 20,000 students every year and helping business and industry to succeed. 

Look what CWI has done so far!

My job as a trustee is not finished yet. I am seeking another four-year term because I want to complete the accreditation process, finish our strategic planning process, and help develop our campuses in the valley.

I have always been focused on student success, working with our stellar faculty and administration, working for underserved populations, and helping business and industry.  I am keenly aware of taxpayer dollars. I have always been diligent to make sure our budget is cost-effective and conservative. 

On a personal note, in January of 2012, I had two strokes. One was devastating. Throughout those difficult months of intensive therapy, I never missed CWI meeting. This wonderful college and the students I serve gave me incentive to persevere. 

THEIR strength gave me strength.    
Mark Dunham’s bottom line? When the voters approved the creation the College of Western Idaho May 22, 2007, there were huge expectations for the college.  I was appointed July 17, 2007, and the initial trustees made many promises. I have run twice before. 

In my 9 years, I have kept my promise to the voters, taxpayers, students, faculty, staff, and businesses to provide “a public, comprehensive community college dedicated to supporting the economic and social well-being of our community.”

From vague promise 9 years ago, today we have: 

  • 20,000+ students served each year
  • 91% positive placement in professional-technical programs
  • 13.9% return on taxpayer investment
  • 5,000+ students have earned degrees and certificates
  • 400+ business and industry partners
  • 28% decrease in student borrowing
Promises Made. Promises Kept. I am not done yet! I need your vote to complete my job!