Dr. Berton L. Glandon served as the second president for College of Western Idaho (CWI) from 2009 - 2021. Dr. Glandon joined Idaho's newest community college during a period of unprecedented growth. Under his leadership the College is focused on meeting this demand for affordable education and becoming an economic resource for the area's business and industry.
Dr. Glandon is a seasoned leader with more than 39 years of experience as a community college President. Prior to joining CWI, Glandon held president positions at Arapahoe Community College (2002-2009) and Treasure Valley Community College (1981-2002).
Glandon was born and raised in Seattle where he began his career in higher education teaching speech and communication. He received his bachelor's degree in Business and a Master of Arts in Communication from Western Washington University. He also earned a Doctor of Education in Educational Administration at Brigham Young University. He then spent several years in corporate America, traveling throughout the United States and running his own consulting business. He returned to higher education in 1976 with business experience that afforded him exceptional fundraising skills. Dr. Glandon has been involved with four community college foundations, all of which developed into multi-million dollar resources for their schools. Glandon believes that community colleges play a critical role in partnering with local and regional business and industries to provide educational and training opportunities assuring a strong economic engine for growth and development in the communities they serve.
Now a retired president, "Bert" as he prefers to be called, is looking forward to being a part the CWI Foundation Board. He also stays active in the community as an advisory board member for St. Alphonsus Health System; St. Luke’s Nampa community board; Boise Rotary; Idaho Technology Council; Boise Valley Economic Partnership; and by appointment of the Governor, is a member of the Idaho Workforce Development Council and co-chair of the Educational Attainment Taskforce. Bert frequently participates in speaking engagements with local service and community organizations to support efforts in furthering the education attainment of Treasure Valley residents.
Dr. Glandon is an active member and past president of HERDI, Higher Education Research and Development Institute. He is currently a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Advisory Board. Glandon is a past president of the Mountain States Association of Community Colleges. He has been and is a national presenter at Council for Resource Development and CASE, Council for Advancement and Support of Education; AACC, American Association of Community Colleges; NACCE, National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship and EMSI, Economic Modeling.
Dr. Glandon, who prefers to be called "Bert", has a wife, Jane, and two sons, Dustin and Nick.