November 2016 Treasure Valley Voters Guide




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Trustee Zone 3

Terms on the college's five-member board last 4 years. Board members are not paid.This voting district covers both Ada and Canyon counties. This year, for the first time, board members must be from certain geographic districts. But all registered voters in both counties weigh in on each seat, similar to how county commission elections are set up.The college's 2017 fiscal year budget is $59.62 million.

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  • Mary Carol Niland

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Biographical Information

Will you vote for the $180 million CWI construction bond and why or why not?

Construction aside, what is CWI’s greatest single need?

What do you want to accomplish over your term?

CWI charges $139 per credit hour for instruction. To keep classes affordable, should the school put a cap on the per unit cost? Why? Why not?

Have you been convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, a misdemeanor or felony or had a withheld judgment? If so, what, when and where?

Have you or a company you owned filed bankruptcy? If so, when and where?

Age 70
Education University of San Francisco: Master of Rehabilitation Administration Gonzaga University; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English Nampa High School:Degree
Prior political experience I was appointed as a founding Trustee of the College of Western Idaho by the State Board of Education in 2007. I was elected to succeeding 4 year terms in 2008 and 2012.
Civic involvement I was Chair of the Nampa Chamber of Commerce in 2007 when we initiated the petition to form CWI. I was co-chair of both the Community College Now and the Community College Yes campaigns. I served on the Board of Canyon County United Way, as a member of the Third Judicial Districts Magistrates Commission (appointed by Gov. Andrus and reappointed by Gov. Batt). I served two terms on the Boise Airport Commission, appointed by Mayor Bieter. I am a 30 year member of Soroptimist of Caldwell .I am on the Board of Directors of Regence Blue Shield of Idaho. I am the first non-Rotarian to receive the Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Club of Idaho.I was also recognized as a Distinguished Citizen by the Idaho Statesman and a Seven's Hero by KTVB. I served on the Board of Treasure Valley Transit and as a member of numerous advisory groups on transportation issues. I am active in, and a life long member of St. Paul's church. Most importantly, in 1974 with a friend, I co-founded Witco. I have been honored to lead this company for almost 43. I have been an advocate for people with disabilities and their families on local, state and federal levels and have held offices on numerous boards.
Years living in Idaho I was born in Nampa and have lived here all of my life.
Family Although I do not have children, I am gifted with an extended family of nieces, nephews and siblings and we are very close. Our roots in the Treasure Valley are deep. Our grandfather, Ben Riordan was the principal of Nampa High School in 1918.
Yes, with hope and optimism. CWI is perhaps the greatest catalyst for economic growth in the Treasure Valley. Since its creation in 2007 it has grown from nothing to an institution serving over 20,000 students of all ages. It is important to remember that prior to its existence, this valley struggled to recruit industries and businesses paying good wages and providing good benefits. They were reluctant to locate in a market that lacked a skilled workforce. Canyon and Ada counties had the talent - we did not have workforce development. This was the largest , most populated area in the country without a community college. We need to continue to expand career and educational opportunities. We want home communities to provide opportunities for families to live and work in the valley in which they were raised. I am third generation Idahoan. I want my nieces and nephews who are here now to be fourth and fifth generation Idahoans. I do not want the young people I love to need to move away for education and work. I want them to find the best, most fulfilling life right here, right here with family and friends.
CWI needs resources to continue to be an affordable, accessible institution.. We need to get out of leased properties and to be able to use those payments to fund programs and services and to keep tuition as low as possible. Just think, those leased properties then return to the tax roles!
We have grown quickly and we have moved fast. A tremendous amount of time, effort and love has gone into making this happen. I am hoping that in this next term we will have greater outreach into smaller more rural areas of our district. I am also hoping we will be able to reach out to our constituents and find out what programs they would like to see offered that we do not now have available. I would like to reach out to the agricultural community to see what CWI can do to promote farm interests and to preserve this valley culture.
Because of my work with the working poor and others with obstacles to training and employment I do not want tuition to increase. CWI already has higher tuition than NIC or CSI. This is because we do not have state funding parity with those institutions. Additionally our property tax levy rate is much less than those schools. We must do whatever we need to do to remain affordable and accessible. If the only way to achieve that end is to cap the per unit cost I would support the cap.
I have not
I have never been involved in any bankruptcy ,personally or professionally.