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Vice President for University Affairs, Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff

The Vice President for University Affairs, Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff oversees the University’s legal, compliance, policy, public safety, Children’s Center, public health and campus operations functions.

Contact

Located within the Office of President in the Administration Building, Suite 201, we are available from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Alicia Estey

    Vice President for University Affairs, Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff

    Alicia Estey served as the Senior Associate Vice President of Campus Operations and the university’s Chief Compliance Officer before being named Chief of Staff and Chief Compliance Officer in October 2018 then as Vice President for Compliance, Legal and Audit as of January 2020. Estey currently serves as Vice President for University Affairs, Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff.

    From 2013-2017, Estey served the university by overseeing compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements, managing agency audits and supervising investigations of discrimination-based complaints in the position of executive director of Institutional Compliance and Ethics.

    She joined Boise State in 2006 as the special assistant to then-Vice President of Finance Stacy Pearson. Thereafter she served in various roles in Finance and Administration including policy analyst, regulatory compliance officer and director of tax. Before her time at Boise State, Estey worked in the tax department at the J.R. Simplot Company.

    Alicia Estey served as the Senior Associate Vice President of Campus Operations and the university’s Chief Compliance Officer before being named Chief of Staff and Chief Compliance Officer in October 2018 then as Vice President for Compliance, Legal and Audit as of January 2020. Estey currently serves as Vice President for University Affairs, Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff.

    From 2013-2017, Estey served the university by overseeing compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements, managing agency audits and supervising investigations of discrimination-based complaints in the position of executive director of Institutional Compliance and Ethics.

    She joined Boise State in 2006 as the special assistant to then-Vice President of Finance Stacy Pearson. Thereafter she served in various roles in Finance and Administration including policy analyst, regulatory compliance officer and director of tax. Before her time at Boise State, Estey worked in the tax department at the J.R. Simplot Company.

  • Elise Alford

    Special Assistant to the Vice President for University Affairs, Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff

    Elise Alford provides consultation and leadership to University Affairs division and Office of the President projects and initiatives, leveraging 15 years of higher education experience. In recent years, Elise has held a number of roles as Special Assistant to Alicia Estey as Chief of Staff and Vice President for University Affairs, Project Manager for the University’s COVID-19 response and recovery, and Special Projects Director for the President’s Office.

    Previously, Elise was the Senior Associate Director for the Boise State Student Union where she was a member of the Student Union and Campus Services leadership teams and provided direct leadership and management to University Event Services, Audiovisual Production Services and the development of Student Union policy and guidelines. Additionally, Elise has held leadership and coordination roles in parent and family outreach, orientation for new and transfer students, university art galleries management and residence life in her professional work at Boise State and Vanderbilt University, and has held multiple volunteer leadership positions with the Association of College Unions International including Regional Director.

    Elise has a Master of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and Bachelor of Science with majors in Human and Organizational Development and English from Vanderbilt University. Outside of work, Elise is an avid supporter of the local arts and classical music community and enjoys walks and photography.

    Elise Alford provides consultation and leadership to University Affairs division and Office of the President projects and initiatives, leveraging 15 years of higher education experience. In recent years, Elise has held a number of roles as Special Assistant to Alicia Estey as Chief of Staff and Vice President for University Affairs, Project Manager for the University’s COVID-19 response and recovery, and Special Projects Director for the President’s Office.

    Previously, Elise was the Senior Associate Director for the Boise State Student Union where she was a member of the Student Union and Campus Services leadership teams and provided direct leadership and management to University Event Services, Audiovisual Production Services and the development of Student Union policy and guidelines. Additionally, Elise has held leadership and coordination roles in parent and family outreach, orientation for new and transfer students, university art galleries management and residence life in her professional work at Boise State and Vanderbilt University, and has held multiple volunteer leadership positions with the Association of College Unions International including Regional Director.

    Elise has a Master of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and Bachelor of Science with majors in Human and Organizational Development and English from Vanderbilt University. Outside of work, Elise is an avid supporter of the local arts and classical music community and enjoys walks and photography.

  • Lola Michaels

    Special Assistant for Operations to the Vice President for University Affairs, Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff

    Lola rejoined Boise State in 2022 after serving as Sr. Executive Assistant to the Executive Secretary-Treasurer/CEO at the Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters. The Council provided her with the opportunity to take advantage of her expertise in management, facilitating board work, crafting policy, human resources management, strategic planning, administrative staff advocacy and training, and leading up through the navigation of an abrupt change in leadership and direction.

    Before joining the Regional Council, Lola served as the Senior Executive Assistant in the office of the CEO supporting two Deputy CEOs and Chief of Staff at Sound Transit in Seattle, as well as the Dean of the UW School of Nursing. Her prior position with Boise State spanned 9 years as the Executive Assistant to the VP of Finance and Administration. Lola’s experience in many different industries has contributed to a broad wealth of knowledge in business administration, processes and policy, legal contract administration, and strategic planning. Lola enjoys contributing to activities that uplift women and children, and intense conversations over coffee.

    Lola rejoined Boise State in 2022 after serving as Sr. Executive Assistant to the Executive Secretary-Treasurer/CEO at the Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters. The Council provided her with the opportunity to take advantage of her expertise in management, facilitating board work, crafting policy, human resources management, strategic planning, administrative staff advocacy and training, and leading up through the navigation of an abrupt change in leadership and direction.

    Before joining the Regional Council, Lola served as the Senior Executive Assistant in the office of the CEO supporting two Deputy CEOs and Chief of Staff at Sound Transit in Seattle, as well as the Dean of the UW School of Nursing. Her prior position with Boise State spanned 9 years as the Executive Assistant to the VP of Finance and Administration. Lola’s experience in many different industries has contributed to a broad wealth of knowledge in business administration, processes and policy, legal contract administration, and strategic planning. Lola enjoys contributing to activities that uplift women and children, and intense conversations over coffee.

  • Liane Hall

    Financial Manager

    Liane Hall is a Financial Accountant with over 17 years of higher education experience, and currently serves as the Financial Manager for the President’s Office and University Affairs. Recently, Liane was a Financial Analyst and Planning Manager for Arizona State University where she assisted in operations and prepared financial reporting for Parking, Auxiliary Business Services and Preparedness and Security Initiatives. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Arizona State University and her Masters in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona State University. In her downtime, she enjoys crafts and reading.

    Liane Hall is a Financial Accountant with over 17 years of higher education experience, and currently serves as the Financial Manager for the President’s Office and University Affairs. Recently, Liane was a Financial Analyst and Planning Manager for Arizona State University where she assisted in operations and prepared financial reporting for Parking, Auxiliary Business Services and Preparedness and Security Initiatives. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Arizona State University and her Masters in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona State University. In her downtime, she enjoys crafts and reading.

Questions?

For questions for the Vice President for University Affairs and Chief of Staff, please call (208) 426-1417.