With its main campus located on the Lummi Indian Reservation in Washington State, 20 miles south of the Canadian border, Northwest Indian College is the only accredited tribal college serving the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. NWIC grew from the Lummi Indian School of Aquaculture, founded in 1973, a single-purpose training program developed to prepare technicians for employment in Indian-owned and operated fish and shellfish hatcheries throughout the United States and Canada.
In 1983, the Lummi Indian Business Council recognized the need for a more comprehensive post-secondary institution for tribal members, and the college was chartered as Lummi Community College, an Indian-controlled, comprehensive two-year college, designed to serve the post-secondary educational needs of Indian people living in the Pacific Northwest. In June of 1988, Lummi Community College was approved as a candidate for accreditation by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NWASC) and, on January 20, 1989, in acknowledgement of its wider mandate to serve Native people through the Northwest, Lummi Community College changed its name to the Northwest Indian College.
Northwest Indian College was granted accreditation at the associate level by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), effective September 1993. In 2010, NWIC became accredited at the baccalaureate level and now offers four bachelor’s degrees. The College’s educational programs have been approved by the US Department of Education, Veteran’s Administration, and the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board for the administration of financial assistance for eligible student. Northwest Indian College is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), the American Association of Community Colleges, and the American Council on Education.
Justin P. Guillory, PhD, was appointed as the President of NWIC in July 2012, after serving for more than five years as NWIC’s Dean of Academics and Distance Learning and Dean of Extended Campus Sites.
Dr. Guillory’s previous professional experience includes serving as the site manager for the NWIC Nez Perce extended campus site on the Nez Perce reservation in Lapwai, Idaho, and as the graduate assistant/mentor program coordinator for the Native American Student Center within the Office of Multicultural Student Services at Washington State University.
Dr. Guillory is a descendant of the Nez Perce Tribe and also has African American and Hispanic ancestry. He received a full-ride football scholarship to Eastern Washington University where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1998 after which he attended graduate school at Washington State University and earned a Master of Arts in Educational Administration in 2000 and consequently a PhD. in Higher Education Administration in 2008.
He is married to Sunny (Walker) Guillory, NWIC’s financial literacy coordinator. They have three children, ages 12, 9 and 6.
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