Dr. Berton L. Glandon was named the president for College of Western Idaho in July 2009. He received his B.A. in Business and a Master of Arts in Communication from Western Washington University and then earned a Doctor of Education in Educational Administration at Brigham Young University.
Dr. Glandon joined Idaho's newest community college during its unprecedented growth stage. Under his leadership the College is focused on meeting this demand for affordable education and becoming an economic resource for the area's business and industry.
Dr. Glandon is a seasoned leader with more than 31 years of community college experience. Prior to joining CWI, Glandon held president positions at Arapahoe Community College (2002-2009) and Treasure Valley Community College (1981-2002).
Glandon was born and raised in Seattle where he began his career in higher education teaching speech and communication. He then spent several years in corporate America, traveling throughout the US and running his own consulting business. He returned to higher education in 1976 with business experience that afforded him exceptional fundraising skills. Dr. Glandon has been involved with four community college foundations, all of which developed into multi-million dollar resources for their schools.
Glandon believes that metro schools have a better opportunity for fundraising and partnering with corporate offices, business and industry; the stronger the community base, the stronger the community college can become as an economic engine.
Actively engaged in the community, Dr. Glandon is an advisory board member for the Higher Education Research and Development Institute; co-chair for the Workforce Subcommittee of the Idaho Technology Council; a member of Boise Valley Economic Council; and, by appointment of the Governor, is a member of the Idaho Workforce Development Council. Glandon frequently participates in speaking engagements with local service and community organizations to support efforts in furthering the education attainment of Treasure Valley residents.
Dr. Glandon, who prefers to be called "Bert," has a wife, Jane, and two sons, Nick and Dustin. And in his "spare" time, he has mastered nine musical instruments.