Presidential Search

Presidential Search

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Seeking Our Seventh President

The Idaho State Board of Education will conduct interviews this week with Boise State University’s president finalists, a week after the finalists visited the campus.

The interviews will occur in executive session Wednesday at the Board Office at 650 W. State Street,

Listed in alphabetical order, the Boise State president finalists are:

Susan E. Borrego, chancellor of the University of Michigan-Flint

Andrew Marcusprofessor of geography and the former dean of the College Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon

Edward Seidel, vice president for economic development and innovation for the University of Illinois System

Marlene Tromp, campus provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of California, Santa Cruz

A fifth Boise State finalist, Darren Dawson, has withdrawn from consideration.

The board intends is to name a new president by April.

The finalists were chosen from a list of over 60 candidates vying to become Boise State University’s seventh president. They were selected after 12 semifinalists were interviewed by the Boise State President Search Screening Committee.

About the Search

The State Board has been working with the search firm Storbeck/Pimentel to recruit candidates for Boise State’s new president. A screening committee of board members, university representatives and community leaders will help narrow the list down to the five candidates who will be invited to visit campus and then to interview with the board members, who serve as the trustees for Boise State.

Boise State University has undergone a period of unprecedented growth and dramatic transformation. Over the past decade, the University has experienced a significant increase in its student enrollment, graduate programs, physical infrastructure, research productivity, and overall economic impact. After fifteen years of outstanding service to the University, Dr. Robert W. Kustra announced his retirement in Fall 2017 and officially retired from the position in June 2018.

For its next President, the campus community seeks a bold, innovative, and inspiring leader to give shape to the promise of the future while harnessing the powerful momentum of the recent past.

Screening committee members
  • Linda Clark, president, State Board of Education (committee chair)
  • David Hill, State Board member
  • Andrew Scoggin, State Board member
  • Tony Roark, Boise State interim provost
  • Martin Orr, Boise State faculty senate president
  • Zeynep Hansen, Boise State faculty member
  • Alicia Garza, Boise State faculty member
  • Tana Monroe, Boise State professional staff
  • Ramona Martin, Boise State classified staff
  • Kaleb Smith, Boise State student body president
  • Barbara Morgan, NASA astronaut and former Boise State Distinguished Educator in Residence
  • Dee Mooney, Micron Foundation executive director
  • Rob Perez, Idaho region president, First Interstate Bank
  • Rod Lewis, former State Board member

The board plans to select a new Boise State president in time for the new president in place on campus at the beginning of the next fiscal year, which starts July 1, 2019.

Read the full position profile here, or download this printable PDF version.

Earlier in the process, Boise State University students, faculty, staff, alumni and other stakeholders were invited to help the university’s presidential search firm better understand the campus, its needs and its potential for the future in a series of listening sessions that ran Oct. 29-31. Stakeholders also were asked to fill out a survey for the consultants.

A 14-member screening committee, named by Idaho State Board President Linda Clark, was charged with vetting the candidates, interviewing semi-finalists and recommending a list of finalists to the State Board of Education. The State Board will interview finalists and select Boise State’s next president.

“This screening committee is a solid and diverse group representing various Boise State stakeholders,” Clark said when the search began. “I look forward to working with them throughout the process as we seek a strong leader who can build on Boise State’s momentum.”

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Storbeck Pimentel & Associates

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