The Salish Kootenai College (SKC) officially welcomed its new president at a special ceremony Wednesday morning.
Robert R. DePoe III was inaugurated on campus at a community wide event. In June, the college board selected DePoe to replace Luana Ross, who resigned last October.
As one of the most successful tribal colleges in the nation, students and faculty are confident that success will continue under the new leadership.
“I'm proud to be your servant and humbled to be here with you today,” DePoe told the crowd.
His focus is continued student success; Wednesday, he listed off a number of new programs to achieve it. One of them, the Bison Ambassador Leadership Program, is aimed at giving students the opportunity to have a leadership role on campus and assist new students.
“Students, you are why we are here,” DePoe said. “And providing high quality educational experiences is our business.”
The SKC Foundation recently launched the largest campaign in the school’s history. It will help bring in funding for educational needs.
“So that our faculty and our staff can continue to build upon their visions and their goals so that we can provide the best education for all those that come on to our campus,” DePoe said.
About 900 students attend Salish Kootenai College. The school offers 5 vocational programs, 18 associate degrees and 14 different baccalaureate degrees.