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PABLO — Dr. Luana K. Ross replaced long-serving Salish Kootenai College president Joe McDonald in 2010. In a move that surprised many, Ross resigned in mid-October last year, citing, “irreconcilable visions between myself and some members of the governing board.”

Two months later and Dr. Elaine Frank continues serve as interim president. 

SKC board chair Jim Durglo said the board has not yet advertised the position as they were waiting for the holidays to pass. 

“I think we’re looking for somebody that would lead SKC in a very positive direction, working with the board in meeting SKC’s vision,” Durglo said. 

Shortly after SKC announced Ross’ resignation, Ross retained the services of and directed all questions to Quanah M. Spencer, Attorney at Law, of Q. Spencer Law PLLC in Spokane, Wash.

At the time, Spencer said he and Ross were in the process of engaging in legal discussion regarding her former employer, SKC, but would comment no further. When contacted for additional information last week, Spencer said he no longer represents Ross. 

Ross could not be reached for comment and Durglo could not comment on the possibility of a pending legal case. 

“It was a personal choice of hers, both personally and professionally, and that’s the last we’ve heard,” Durglo said. 

While the board has not contacted anyone regarding the open position, Durglo hopes to have someone hired and on board by July 1 — after this academic year is over.

In the meantime, “We’ve been working very well with (Dr. Elaine Frank) in the interim position. She’s doing a great job,” Durglo said. 

Durglo does not believe Frank will apply for the job once it has been advertised.

According to a press release, the board has not officially announced or advertised for the vacant SKC president position. 

In the future, the college will be seeking a dynamic, visionary leader who can build upon its academic and programmatic strengths, promote the distinctive quality of its postsecondary educational opportunities, and help students meet the challenges they will face in the 21st century,” the press release said. 

The new president will need to foster the mission statement of Salish Kootenai College, which is “to provide quality postsecondary educational opportunities for Native Americans locally and from throughout the United States. The college will promote community and individual development and perpetuate the cultures of the Confederated Tribes of the Flathead Nation.”

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