C of I names Dr. Charlotte Borst as 13th President

It is a historic day at The College of Idaho, where Dr. Charlotte Borst has been named the 13th president of the Gem State’s oldest private college. Borst, currently vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Whittier College in California, takes office in July 2015 following the retirement of C of I President Marv Henberg. She will become the first female president in the College’s 124-year history.

“I am incredibly excited, humbled and grateful to be here,” Borst said. “The College of Idaho is a very special place full of very special people. To be chosen to lead such an outstanding college at such an exciting time in its history is a tremendous honor.  I know that I am standing on the shoulders of those who have worked so hard to bring this College to its present place, and my promise is to work together to achieve even greater recognition for the excellence that marks a College of Idaho education.”

Borst’s appointment, formalized Dec. 8 in the Langroise Center on the C of I campus in Caldwell, is the culmination of an extensive national search that attracted more than 130 candidates. In the end, Borst was the clear choice thanks to her passion for and commitment to the liberal arts, her infectious enthusiasm, her proven track record in leadership, scholarship and administration, and her vision for taking The College of Idaho to new heights. Click here for more photo coverage from the announcement.

“We are at a time of unparalleled momentum at The College of Idaho,” said Doug Brigham ’87, chair of the C of I Board of Trustees. “We’ve enjoyed record enrollment and fundraising numbers, unmatched success in both academics and athletics, a growing campus footprint and presence in the Treasure Valley. We are confident Dr. Borst will continue that momentum and help us achieve even greater levels of success in the years ahead.”

Borst’s administrative career is grounded in the liberal arts. She has held her current position at Whittier since 2009, and prior to that served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Rhodes College in Tennessee and as dean of arts and sciences at Union College in New York. Throughout her career, Borst has helped build interdisciplinary programs, fostered internationalization and diversification through both on-campus and study abroad initiatives, supported faculty scholarship and research, and led strategic planning related to budgetary goals, building projects, faculty development and more. Borst also is a nationally-respected historian whose research focuses on the historical relationship of medical science and the complex gender and racial aspects of professionalization in the United States.

“I love and believe in the liberal arts,” Borst said. “And The College of Idaho—through its innovative and nationally-recognized PEAK Curriculum and outstanding faculty and staff—provides a quality liberal arts education and college experience that is unrivaled in the Intermountain West. I am beyond excited to be joining the C of I family. I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together.” 

Borst earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Boston University, a master’s degree in history from Tufts University, and a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in the history of science and medicine. She will move to Caldwell along with her husband, Dr. Richard Censullo, a Ph.D. physicist who is an IT Director for Logic Technology, an IT company that provides Enterprise Business Solutions and Global Infrastructure Services to large multi-national corporations.

Henberg officially retires June 30, with Borst set to take office July 1. There will be an inauguration ceremony on campus next fall. Henberg’s six-year tenure has overseen tremendous growth at the College, including the initiation and implementation of the PEAK Curriculum, the start-up of a new joint master’s program in physician assistant studies, the launch of the Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies, and the restoration of the C of I football team after a 37-year hiatus.

“The Trustees and I want to thank Dr. Henberg and his wife, Laurie, for the incredible leadership and service they have provided the College,” Brigham said. “Together, Marv and Laurie have created a lasting impact on both the College and the City of Caldwell, and we wish them continued success in their well-deserved retirement.”

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 11 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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