Selland College joins CWI
Teresa Geissler, an employee at Larry Selland College of Applied Technology, walks past the windows of the bookstore at the College of Western Idaho on Jan. 13 after the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new community college in Nampa.

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NAMPA — Boise State University's Selland College officially becomes part of the College of Western Idaho today.

The union comes after the official transfer of properties Tuesday from Boise State to CWI. The CWI Board of Trustees met Tuesday afternoon to approve the transfer, which has been in the works since 2007.

"This is the end of a long process and a significant step for the College of Western Idaho," Guy Hurlbutt, chairman of the CWI Board of Trustees, said. "It is a huge asset for the College of Western Idaho ... Obviously all the work that went into it has been worthwhile."

The four trustees who attended the meeting unanimously approved three measures. The Canyon County Center classroom space was approved to transfer from Boise State to CWI, and the Selland College property on the Boise State campus was approved to be leased by CWI for up to three years. A park-and-ride system was also approved, with Boise State paying to allow its students to park in the CWI parking lot in Nampa and ride the bus to the BSU campus.

Hurlbutt asked outgoing CWI President Dennis Griffin to sign the documents officially taking over the properties.

"As our first president, I think it's fitting," Hurlbutt said, after the two debated who should sign.

Griffin thanked Hurlbutt and Trustee Mark Dunham for their hard work to bring about this transfer.

"A lot of agony, blood, sweat and tears went into this," he said. "It simply wouldn't have happened if you had not been involved."

Griffin will leave his position as president on Aug. 31 after serving for two years. Incoming president Berton Glandon will begin July 13.

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