The NorthWest Academic Computing Consortium comprises colleges, universities, and other non-profit organizations in the Pacific Northwest and nearby areas. Founded in 1987, NWACC's mission is to foster communication and collaboration among its member institutions on the development and use of advanced technology for instruction, research, and administrative operations.

Member Institutions and Representatives

Central Washington University - Virginia Tomlinson (2020: CWU; 2014-19: Linfield College)
Clark College - No current representative
Eastern Washington University - Brad Christ (2018: EWU; 2011-18: SOU)
The Evergreen State College - Tony Alfonso (2014)
George Fox University - Tim Goodfellow (2013)
Gonzaga University - Borre Ulrichsen (2016)
Lewis & Clark College - Adam Buchwald (2012)
Linfield College - Sam Williams (2020)
Montana State University-Bozeman - Ryan Knutson (2021)
North Dakota University System - Darin King (2017)
Oregon Health & Science University - Bridget Barnes (2007)
Oregon State University - Andrea Ballinger (2019)
Pacific Lutheran University - Ardys Curtis (2019)
Pacific University - Brandon Gatke (2019)
Portland Community College - Michael Northover (2016)
Portland State University - Ryan Bass (2022)
Reed College - Valerie Moreno (2022; 2018-2022: Clark College)
Seattle Pacific University - Micah Schaafsma (2018)
Seattle University - Travis Nation (2021)  
Southern Oregon University - Thomas Battaglia (2018)
University of Alaska System - John Boucher (2020)
University of Hawaii - Garret Yoshimi (2015)
University of Idaho - Daniel Ewart (2012)
University of Montana - Zachary Rossmiller (2020)
University of Oregon - Jessie Minton (2017)
University of Portland - Ann Harris (2016)
University of Puget Sound - Jeremy Cucco (2016)
University of Washington - Andreas Bohman (2022; 2014-19: CWU)
Washington State University - Sasi K. Pillay (2016)
Western Washington University - Chuck Lanham (2017)
Whitman College - Dan Terrio (2001)
WICHE - Russell Poulin (2019)
Willamette University - Jackie Barretta (2016)

Initial year of Council service indicated in parentheses.


The NorthWest Academic Computing Consortium was founded in 1987 by ten institutions: the Universities of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington; Oregon State and Washington State; the North Dakota University System, the Oregon Graduate Institute, the Boeing Corporation, and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Its mission was to promote education, research, and economic development in the Pacific Northwest. It began by creating a high-speed network to link the Northwest to the rapidly emerging national Internet.

NWACC operations were initially housed at the Boeing Company and later moved to the University of Washington. NWACC's network clientele quickly grew to more than 170 colleges, universities, libraries, hospitals, museums, professional associations, and corporations such as Microsoft, Nike, and Intel. In 1995, the network services component of NWACC, NorthWestNet, was spun off as a for-profit subsidiary and in 1997 it was sold to Verio, Inc.

The membership of NWACC currently includes colleges and universities, statewide university systems, and related higher education organizations. Chartered as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, in 2001 NWACC was designated a "supporting organization" to provide grants to its member institutions in furtherance of the Consortium's mission and goals. Admittance of new members is by Board invitation.


Officers of the Corporation

Marty Ringle, President

Molly Thurston, Secretary-Treasurer

Board of Directors

Garret Yoshimi, Chair (Term end: 12/31/22)
University of Hawaii

Viriginia Tomlinson, Vice-Chair (1/1/21 - 12/31/22) and Chair-Elect (1/1/23-12/31/24)
Central Washington University

Andrea Ballinger (Term end: 12/31/23)
Oregon State University

Brad Christ (Term end: 12/31/23)
Eastern Washington University

Daniel Ewart (Term end:12/31/22)
University of Idaho

Jessie Minton (Term end: 12/31/23)
University of Oregon

Tim Goodfellow (Term end: 12/31/22)
George Fox University

Borre Ulrichsen (Term end: 12/31/23)
Gonzaga University