After an extensive nationwide search, North Idaho College (NIC) has announced the hiring of Robert (Bobby) Lee as the new Athletics Director.
Lee is currently serving as the interim District Director of Athletics and Dean for Physical Education, Athletics, Recreation and Wellness at Community Colleges of Spokane. He has more than 25 years of experience working in higher education as a coach, instructor, and administrator.
"It was clear to the hiring committee and others who had the opportunity to meet Bobby that he has the right mix of skills to lead our athletic program," said Graydon Stanley, NIC Vice President of Student Services. "Bobby is an experienced leader with strong supervisory and budget skills, as well as extensive knowledge of collegiate sports. He has a reputation for being a strong communicator and an enthusiastic supporter of community college athletics, so he will be a perfect fit for us."
Lee will replace Al Williams, who retired in September. He will officially start at NIC on Dec. 3.
"My wife and I are extremely excited and looking forward to jumping in with both feet and becoming entrenched in the NIC community," Lee said. "I'm incredibly grateful for this opportunity, fired up and ready to get going."
Lee taught as faculty at Spokane Falls Community College, Azusa Pacific University, University of La Verne, Washington State University, and Citrus Community College. He coached at several college-level programs, including as the head baseball coach at Community Colleges of Spokane, University of La Verne and Pacific International League - Kelowna. He was the Assistant Athletic Director of Athletics and Dean for Physical Education, Athletics, Recreation and Wellness at Community Colleges of Spokane from 2006 to 2019, before assuming his current role.