NICBOA 2023 Annual Meeting

April 14, 2023

Heritage University is pleased to host the annual meeting of the Northwest Independent College Business Officers Association on Friday, April 14, 2023.

Heritage’s main campus of 48 acres is located in the city of Toppenish, Washington, known for over 70 historical murals. Toppenish is located in Yakima County, Washington, ranking first in the United States in the number of all fruit trees. Yakima County is also known for additional agricultural products including award winning wines. It is sheltered from Western Washington’s heavy rainfall and boasts an annual average of 300 days of sunshine.

At Heritage University, we believe that anyone with the talent and grit needed to earn a college degree should have the opportunity to do so. That is why we do all we can to break down barriers that keep people from reaching their fullest potential. Being located in the area where our students live and work eliminates geographic barriers that keep students who cannot go away to college from earning their degrees.

Friday, April 14, 2023

  • Morning Session (9:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. – please submit your preference on your RSVP): Updates from Moss Adams
  • Lunch in Eagles Café
  • Afternoon Session: Q & A

Location: Rau Conference Room in the Violet Lumley Rau Center


(Listed by proximity to campus)

Yakama Nation Legends Casino Hotel (Toppenish)

Best Western Plus Vintage Valley Inn (Zillah)

Zillah Lakes Inn

Holiday Inn (Yakima)

Hilton Garden Inn (Yakima)

Ledgestone Hotel (Yakima)

Fairfield Inn & Suites (Yakima)

Oxford Suites (Yakima)


Heritage University is a small campus with one main parking lot. No permits are required; however, please refrain from using spaces marked “Reserved Parking: Future Eagles and Campus Visitors” or “Faculty/Staff Parking.”

2023 NICBOA Officers and Trustees

Debbie Whitehead
Multnomah University
Portland, OR

Tara Kleinberg
Vice President
Linfield College
McMinnville, OR

Ken Pifer
Willamette University
Salem, OR

Erica Nukaya
Reed College
Portland, OR

Thomas Richter
Heritage University
Toppenish, WA

Hosting Institutions

  • Spring 2023: Heritage University
  • Spring 2022: Pacific Lutheran University
  • Spring 2021: Reed College
  • Spring 2020: Heritage University
  • Spring 2019: Willamette University
  • Spring 2018: University of Puget Sound
  • Spring 2017: Pacific University
  • Spring 2016: Seattle Pacific University
  • Spring 2015: Linfield College
  • Spring 2014: Saint Martin’s University
  • Spring 2013: George Fox University
  • Spring 2012: Whitworth University
  • Spring 2011: University of Portland
  • Spring 2010: Northwest University
  • Spring 2009: Lewis & Clark College
  • Spring 2008: Seattle University
  • Fall 2008: Alaska (cancelled–attendance)
  • Spring 2007: University of Puget Sound
  • Fall 2007: Marylhurst
  • Spring 2006: Pacific Lutheran University
  • Fall 2006: Whitman College
  • Spring 2005: University of Portland
  • Fall 2005: Willamette University
  • Spring 2004: Reed
  • Fall 2004: Seattle Pacific University
  • Spring 2003: Marylhurst
  • Fall 2003: Whitworth
  • Spring 2002: Pacific University
  • Fall 2002: Northwest University
  • Spring 2001: Lewis & Clark
  • Fall 2001: Albertson College of Idaho
  • Fall 2000: Alaska

Bylaws of Northwest Independent College Business Officers’ Association (NICBOA)

As Adopted Fall 1969
(Revised Fall 1994)
(Revised Fall 1999)



The name of this organization shall be the Northwest Independent College Business Officers’ Association (NICBOA).



Sec. 1. Qualifications.  The members of this association shall be limited to the nonprofit, tax-exempt independent colleges, universities, and other non-tax supported institutions authorized to provide a program of education beyond high school and located within the following geographical areas:

  • Alaska
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Washington

Sec. 2. Election to Membership.  An affirmative vote of the majority of the membership present at any regularly called meeting at which a quorum is present shall be required for election.

Sec. 3. Voting Rights.  Each member institution shall be entitled to one vote on each matter submitted to a vote of the membership.

Sec. 4. Dues.  No dues are required.  Expenses incurred on association business of any other officer or Trustee shall be borne by his/her institution.



Sec. 1. Officers.  The officers of this association shall be the President, the Vice President and the Secretary.

Sec. 2. Trustees.  The Board of Trustees shall be comprised of the officers plus two members-at-large and the immediate past president.

Sec. 3. Election.  The officers and trustees shall be elected and installed at the Spring meeting, their responsibilities to begin at the subsequent Fall meeting.

Sec. 4. Terms of Office.  The term of the officers and trustees shall be two years.  The President is not eligible for re-election until one year has elapsed.  The other officers and trustees are eligible for re-election or for election to other positions.

Sec. 5. Vacancies.  A vacancy in any office caused by death, resignation, removal, or disqualification shall be temporarily filled by the Board of Trustees until the next Fall meeting.

Sec. 6. Removal.  Any officer or trustee may be removed from office, for cause, by a vote of a majority of the membership at any meeting upon recommendation of the Board of Trustees.

Sec. 7. President.  Subject to the control of the Board of Trustees, the President shall have general supervision, direction, and control of the business of the Association.  He/she shall preside at all meetings of the members and trustees and shall have such powers and duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the Board of Trustees.

Sec. 8. Vice-President.  In the absence or disability of the President, the Vice-President shall perform all of the duties of the President and when so acting shall have all the powers of the President.

Sec. 9. Secretary.  The Secretary shall keep a full and complete record of all the proceedings of meetings of the Trustees and of the members.  The Secretary shall be responsible for distribution of the Minutes of all proceedings to the membership at a reasonable time following each meeting.  The host institution shall provide a recording secretary at the semi-annual meetings to assist the Secretary.

Sec. 10. Board of Trustees.  The Board of Trustees shall act as the “Executive Committee” with the power and authority in the management of the business affairs of the Association.  In the event that there is no host institution for a semi-annual meeting, the Board of Trustees shall be responsible for selecting a host institution.

The Board of Trustees shall have the power to appoint special study committees and/or standing committees as may be required.

The Board of Trustees shall appoint a three member nominating committee at the Spring meeting.



Sec. 1. Semi-Annual Meeting.  There shall be semi-annual meetings on such days in the months of March or April and October or November each year as determined by the host institution and the President.  The Fall meeting shall be designated as the annual meeting.

Sec. 2. Special Meetings.  Special meeting of the Association may be held upon the call of the President or at the request of a member of the Board of Trustees.

Sec. 3. Notices.  There shall be written notices of each semi-annual meeting by the host institution and notices of special meetings by the Board of Trustees.  Notices shall be given or mailed at least thirty (30) days before the date of the regular semi-annual meeting and at least ten (10) days before the date of any special meeting.

Sec. 4. Quorum.  One-fourth of the members of the association shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Sec. 5. Conduct of Business Meetings.  Robert’s Rules of Order shall prevail at all business meetings.

Sec. 6. Amendments to the By-Laws.  Amendments to the By-Laws may be proposed at any regular meeting.  A simple majority vote of the members present is required to approve any amendment.


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Thomas Richter
Vice President of Administration/CFO
(509) 865-8643 

Alysia Stevens
(509) 865-8618

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