By Rose Kreher, NPC Staff Writer–
Blaine Hatch, Northland Pioneer College vice president for Administrative Services, was recently honored by an appointment to the Financial Panel of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The HLC is one of six national organizations that determines if post-secondary schools and colleges are qualified to offer higher education degrees and certificates. The task of the 20-member panel is to review those schools or colleges whose annual financial data demonstrate concern about their fiscal health.
“It’s not the panel’s mission to take a punitive stand against a school with budget troubles, but to work with them to help them back on their feet,” Hatch explained.
The NPC administrator brings extensive institutional fiscal management experience to the appointment. He earned his master’s degree in business from Brigham Young University in 1984 and worked in the private sector until 1991, when he was named finance director for the City of Holbrook. He has been in his present position (comparable to chief financial officer in the business world) at NPC since December 2000.
Despite his credentials, Hatch modestly ascribes his appointment to involvement in NPC’s approach to its process of continuously improving its programs and services through comprehensive strategic planning. “We’ve spent a decade mapping out the ways and means of how the college can meet the needs of the students and businesses and communities of Northeastern Arizona yet still maintain a solid financial grounding. I’ll be able to share what NPC has learned from the process to help others.”
NPC President Dr. Jeanne Swarthout said of Hatch’s selection, “HLC has made a wise choice. After 10 years of working with Blaine, I respect his financial vision for the college, his integrity and his wisdom.”
Hatch’s appointment to the panel will run through 2013.