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State Board of Education Announces Search Process for Boise State President

By: Sherry Squires   Published 7:02 am / December 13, 2017

UPDATED Jan. 10 to reflect new representatives on the search committee for classified and professional staff associations.

The Idaho State Board of Education released the following information on Dec. 12 regarding the search for a new Boise State president.

Idaho State Board of Education President Linda Clark has announced the search process for selecting the next president of Boise State University.  The national search will begin in January 2018 and end with a final selection by the end of May 2018.  The new president will succeed current Boise State President Bob Kustra, who announced in November that he will retire effective June 30, 2018, following 15 years in the presidency.

“Boise State University has become the largest university in the state and a driving force in helping to meet the workforce needs of the Treasure Valley and the state. It will be incumbent upon this search committee to find a leader who is able to sustain and build upon that momentum,” said Clark.

The State Board will use AGB Search, a national firm that specializes in higher education executive search, to assist with the process. In addition to support from AGB Search, the State Board will rely on a local search committee to make a recommendation of final candidates, from which the State Board will make its selection. Clark will chair the search committee and be joined by fellow State Board member David Hill. The search committee membership will be composed of the following State Board, university and community representatives.

Linda Clark (Chair), Idaho State Board of Education

David Hill, Idaho State Board of Education

Kevin Satterlee, Boise State chief operating officer, vice president and special counsel

Edward “Mac” Test, Boise State Faculty Senate president

Sienna George, president, Associated Students of Boise State University

Royanne Minskoff, chair, Boise State Foundation Board of Directors

Ro Parker, Boise State Professional Staff Association representative

Elise Crary,Boise State Association of Classified Staff Senate representative

Ed Bodily, president,Boise State Alumni Association Board of Directors

Bill Connors, president and CEO, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce

Jay Hawkins, vice president of Consumer Products Group, Micron

Jim Kissler, CEO, Norco

Naomi Shankel, director of operations integration, Idaho Power

Milford Terrell, community representative

Several milestones mark the five-month search process:

Jan. 17-19, 2018:  AGB search consultants will hold several in-person listening sessions with Boise State stakeholder groups to hear input regarding the qualities and characteristics that should be included in the job description and announcement. Specific times and locations are being finalized and will be announced.

Feb. 5, 2018:  The search will be opened, and candidates will be able to submit materials. Employment postings developed with input from the listening sessions will be published nationally.

March 12, 2018:  The application process will be closed. The search committee will review all applicant qualifications and select a candidate group for initial interviews in March.

March-April 2018: After initial interviews, the candidate pool will be reduced and due diligence completed on the remaining candidates. Campus visits will be scheduled for candidates, followed by a recommendation of finalist candidates for the State Board to consider.

May 2018:  The State Board will interview finalist candidates and make a selection.

The State Board of Education is charged with the general supervision and governance of the public educational institutions and the public school system of the State of Idaho. To learn more about the Idaho State Board of Education, please visit