North Idaho Reps. Bob Nonini and Marge Chadderdon, both Coeur d’Alene Republicans, heaped praise on outgoing North Idaho College President Michael Burke today, as he addressed the House Education Committee to tell the members about NIC and what it’s up to. Burke leaves in March to head a college in California.
Nonini, the committee’s chairman, told Burke he’ll “always have friends in North Idaho,” reports S-R reporter Parker Howell, who covered the meeting. “You’ve been great for Coeur d’Alene, great for the community, great for the state of Idaho. You set a mark in my opinion that other university administrators and presidents can achieve to,” Nonini said.
Chadderdon said she often attends events on the NIC campus during summer. “It’s quite social,” she said. “It really never ever eludes the fact that all of a sudden you’ll see Dr. Burke or his family, someone there representing the college. I’m always impressed how much you care for the activities,” even though they are outside the realm of academics.
Burke said it was a privilege for him to serve as president for nine years. “These are extraordinary institutions led by extraordinary people,” he said.