North Idaho College, former president Rick MacLennan agree to settlement in unlawful termination lawsuit

<p><p>North Idaho College and its former president Rick MacLennan have reached a settlement agreement concerning MacLennan’s lawsuit against the institution, the college announced Thursday.</p></p><p><p>MacLennan, who was fired without cause in September by the college Board of Trustees, <a href=”https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/oct/01/former-north-idaho-college-president-sues-college-/” target=”_blank”>filed the lawsuit in October</a> alleging his termination was retaliation for complaints he made against Board Chair Todd Banducci. MacLennan has accused Banducci in the past of <a href=”https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/mar/02/north-idaho-college-president-on-conflict-with-boa/” target=”_blank”>aggressive, unprofessional and threatening behavior</a>.</p></p><p><p>A brief statement released Thursday by Interim President Michael Sebaaly did not include any detailed information about what the settlement entails. Representatives from the Smith + Malek law firm, which represented MacLennan in this matter, could not be immediately reached for comment.</p></p><p><p>Sebaaly’s statement concluded in saying the settlement “does not pass judgment on the parties or circumstances that led to the lawsuit.”</p></p><p><p>“This settlement agreement indicates NIC’s commitment to moving forward,” Sebaaly said. “Putting this matter behind us and concentrating on NIC’s future removes the distraction and disruption of possible prolonged litigation.”</p></p><p><p>According to the lawsuit, MacLennan was seeking reinstatement as college president, a position he held for five years. He similarly sought compensation for any lost wages and benefits and more than $10,000 damages in connection with alleged violations of the state’s Protection of Public Employees Act.</p></p><p><p><em>This story will be updated.</em></p></p>