Northwest College

President's Advisory Council

Gerry Giraud

Gerald Giraud

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Gerald.Giraud@nwc.edu

Gerry holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, sociology, and political science from Regents College of the State University of New York, a master’s in educational psychology and a doctorate in cultural and psychological studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to joining Northwest College, Gerry was Vice President of Academic Affairs at Oglala Lakota College from 2004-2012. From 1999 to 2004, he was an associate professor at Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha, where he was involved in nursing education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Gerry has a background in statistics, research methods, and assessment, and is a consultant-evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission.

Lisa Watson

Lisa Watson

Vice President for Administrative Services and Finance
Lisa.Watson@nwc.edu

Lisa’s blended professional background draws on a history of Fortune 500 corporate, small business and higher education experience. She established her professional career in Florida where she held positions in public accounting, retail and resource management, and corporate management in the administrative services divisions for both mutual funds and separate accounts. Lisa served as Vice President of Administrative Services and Finance at Miles Community College in Montana for five years, including a stint as MCC Interim President for nearly a year. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Colorado, an MBA from the University of Miami and is a certified public accountant.

Mark Kitchen

Mark Kitchen

Vice President for College Relations
Mark.Kitchen@nwc.edu

A Wyoming native, Mark has held progressively responsible positions at NWC for nearly 40 years, including serving as Interim President three times (summer 1991, the 1997-98 year & summer 2013). In addition to traditional public relations and marketing responsibilities, he manages legislative relations efforts and NWC’s Alumni Association. His hobbies include woodworking, fly fishing and reading.

Lourra Barthuly

Lourra Barthuly

Vice President for Student Services
Lourra.Barthuly@nwc.edu

Lourra’s most recent higher education experience was as assistant vice president of student affairs at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. After earning a master’s degree in counseling psychology and counselor education from the University of Colorado in Denver in 2000, she received a doctorate in psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2011.