POWELL, Wyoming — Lourra Barthuly of Eagle, Colorado, will fill the vice president for student services position at Northwest College beginning Monday, Oct. 3.
Barthuly most recently served as principal of Battle Mountain High School in Edwards, Colorado, and before that as assistant vice president of student affairs at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
She was selected through a nationwide search to fill the position previously held by Sean Fox who left NWC in June 2015. Since then, Vice President for Academic Affairs Gerald Giraud has filled the position on an interim contract.
“I’m pleased with the outcome of what was a competitive national search,” NWC President Stefani Hicswa said. “Lourra’s student services experience and commitment to students, coupled with her energy and enthusiasm, will serve the college well. I’m excited to have her coming on board.”
After earning a master’s degree in counseling psychology and counselor education from the University of Colorado in Denver in 2000, Barthuly received a doctorate in psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2011.
“My time as assistant vice president of student affairs at Colorado Mountain College has helped groom me to take on this new position,” Barthuly said. During her five years there, she served as Title IX Coordinator and oversaw a $4.3 million TRiO grant, among a myriad of other duties.
Barthuly is a licensed counselor, and plans to continue her practice in Wyoming.
“Northwest College definitely has a community feel and support,” Barthuly said. “I’m excited to be a part of that community and want to help it reach its goals. The direction the president is taking the college is near and dear to my heart. Being student centered is something very important to me.”
Barthuly will live in Powell with her husband, Jeff, daughter Alexis, 12, and son, Dalton, 17.