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 – Andreas Bohman (2014)
Clark College - Chato Hazelbaker (2014)
Eastern Washington University - No current representative
The Evergreen State College - Tony Alfonso (2014)
George Fox UniversityTim Goodfellow (2013)
Gonzaga University - Borre Ulrichsen (2016)
Lewis & Clark College - Adam Buchwald (2012)
Linfield College - Virginia Tomlinson (2014)
Montana State University-Bozeman - Jerry Sheehan (2014)
North Dakota University System - Darin King (2017)
Oregon Health & Science University - Bridget Barnes (2007)
Oregon State University - Lois Brooks (2010)
Pacific Lutheran University - David Allen (2017)
Pacific University - Jim Fleming (2011)
Portland Community College - Michael Northover (2016)
Portland State University - Kirk Kelly (2013)
Reed College - Marianne Colgrove (2002)
Seattle Pacific University - Micah Schaafsma (2018)
Seattle University - Chris Van Liew (2016)
Southern Oregon University - Brad Christ (2011)
University of Alaska System - Karl Kowalski (2011)
University of Hawaii - Garret Yoshimi (2015)
University of Idaho - Daniel Ewart (2012)
University of Montana - Matt Riley (2013)
University of Oregon – Jessie Minton (2017)
University of Portland – Ann Harris (2016)
University of Puget Sound - Jeremy Cucco (2016)
University of Washington - Aaron Powell (2016)
Washington State University - Sasi K. Pillay (2016)
Western Washington University - Chuck Lanham (2017)
Whitman College - Dan Terrio (2001)
WICHE - Michael Abbiatti (2015)
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

Martin Ringle, President
(971) 266-0130

Molly Thurston, Secretary-Treasurer
(503) 498-8935

Board of Directors

Kirk Kelly, Chair (Term end: 12/31/20)
Portland State University

Garret Yoshimi, Interim Vice-Chair (Term end: 12/31/18)
University of Hawaii

Jackie Barretta (Term end: 12/31/19)
Willamette University

Brad Christ (Term end: 12/31/19)
Southern Oregon University

Jim Fleming (Term end: 12/31/18)
Pacific University

Matt Riley (Term end: 12/31/19)
University of Montana

Viriginia Tomlinson (Term end: 12/31/18)
Linfield College