C of I Newsletter

2009. 01. 12.

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The C of I to introduce its new president on Thursday

The College of Idaho will introduce its new president at a news conference on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. in the Hendren Boardroom on the third floor of Sterry Hall on The C of I campus.

The announcement will be made by President Bob Hoover and Sen. John McGee. McGee, an alumnus of The C of I, was chairman of the college’s presidential search committee.

Hoover, who has led The C of I for almost six years, will retire in June.

During his time at the college, Hoover and his administration had many accomplishments including:

  • Securing a $72 million gift from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, which kicked off the college’s $175 million Invest in Excellence comprehensive fundraising campaign

  • Changing the college name from Albertson College of Idaho to The College of Idaho, which is the name it was founded under in 1891

  • Increasing enrollment and student retention at the college. This year, the college enrolled 339 freshman students, one of the largest classes in its 117-year history.

“As much as I have loved being president of The College of Idaho, the college is at a time in its history when a new president can come in and provide the leadership necessary for a 10-year comprehensive campaign and the long-range planning that is being done,” Hoover said.

McGee said the new president is well suited to the job of leading The C of I. The search committee reviewed more than 50 applications for the presidency. Eight candidates were interviewed and three were brought to campus in November for more extensive interviews and meetings. The final decision was made by the college’s board of trustees.

“The new president is an experienced administrator with a strong background in higher education and the liberal arts,” McGee said. “I am confident that he has the skills needed to continue the bright future of The College of Idaho.”