The Idaho State Board of Education and the Idaho State University community invite nominations and applications for the position of president. The State Board has charged the president search committee to identify inspired and innovative leadership to carry out the university’s mission and core directions in learning and discovery; access and opportunity; health sciences; and community engagement and impact. The successful candidate will succeed Dr. Arthur C. Vailas, who has served since 2006 and is retiring effective June 17, 2018.
Founded in 1901, Idaho State University is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research and teaching university. The university’s main campus is located in Pocatello, Idaho, with significant learning and research campuses located in Meridian, Idaho Falls, and Twin Falls. An outstanding faculty, staff, and administrative team numbering 1,994 guide 12,505 undergraduate and graduate students. Student-athletes, the Bengals, compete in NCAA Division I athletics as a member of the Big Sky Conference. The university has a $347 million budget. Idaho State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and by program-related accrediting agencies.
The new president should arrive with staying power and look forward to a long-term commitment to the university and its several campus communities. It is critical that the president be an effective, innovative planner and prepared to contribute to and carry out the university’s 2018-22 strategic plan with leadership, insight, and vision. The president must articulate a keen understanding of ISU’s position and advancement as a doctoral research university. This individual must be an exceptional communicator and nimble thought leader, one who is able to manage change sensitively and with absolute integrity.
The ideal candidate should have characteristics that address the following:
The candidate must be able to make complex decisions for the common good of the university and its students, as well as have the ability to manage diverse relationships, build consensus, and practice unquestionable integrity. To assure best consideration, applications and nominations should be received by January 5, 2018. The application must include a letter of interest of not more than three pages; a current résumé (or curriculum vitae); and the names of five professional references with each person’s position, office or home address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers.
Applications will remain confidential through the finalist stage. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant. Following campus visits by finalists, the State Board of Education will conduct interviews and make the final selection. The new president will assume office in summer 2018.
The search is being assisted by James McCormick and Janice Fitzgerald, Executive Search Consultants, AGB Search. Nominations and applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to email@example.com. Additional university information may be found at www.isu.edu/presidentialsearch. The consultants may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.