Board Names New Salish Kootenai College President

Sandra Boham replaces Robert DePoe III, who passed away in December

By Beacon Staff

The board of directors at Salish Kootenai College announced the appointment of Dr. Sandra Boham as president.

Boham previously served as the vice president of academic affairs for the college in Pablo. She replaces Robert DePoe III, who passed away in December after battling a terminal illness.

Boham is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Boham has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Montana, a master’s degree in adult and higher education from Montana State University and a doctorate in education leadership from UM.

In a news release, Boham stated her priorities as president are advancing STEM academics for high school students; adding a bachelor’s degree program in tribal governance and administration; adding EMT training; developing a mentor/protégé agreement with Northrop Grumman, a leading global security company; adding classes at no charge for the community in Salish language in the evening; strengthening tribal culture preservation and perpetuation efforts.

“We are pleased that Dr. Boham has accepted the position of President,” Board member Ellen Swaney stated. “Dr. Boham has been a member of the administrative team since she was hired as Academic Vice President and we value her knowledge, leadership and commitment to the college.”

Salish Kootenai College is a Native American tribal college based in Pablo and was founded in 1977.

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