C of I hires VP for Finance and Administration

The College of Idaho has hired Richard Erne as its new vice president for finance and administration. Erne comes to the C of I from URS/Washington Group International Inc. in Boise, where he served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Accounting for the Civil Construction & Mining Group as well as assistant and acting corporate controller over the past 16 years. 

Erne’s arrival on the C of I campus comes at an important juncture. The College’s reinstated football program and physician assistant studies partnership with Idaho State University—initiatives that began under former CFO Petra Carver—both launch this fall. C of I President Marv Henberg also announced his retirement earlier this year, effective in May of 2015. The search for his successor is under way.

“This is a very exciting period in the College’s history,” Henberg said. “We are confident in Richard Erne’s ability to steer the College’s financial efforts through this critical time. We also owe a debt of gratitude to Petra Carver, whose exemplary work has laid a solid foundation for the College’s financial future.”

Erne received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Idaho and is a Certified Public Accountant. He began his career at Deloitte & Touche’s Boise office and also has served in executive-level financial and business planning positions at Dairymen’s Creamery Association Inc. in Boise and Darigold, Inc. in Seattle.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 12 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit

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