Dr. Charlotte Borst takes office as President

It is a historic day at The College of Idaho, where Dr. Charlotte Borst has taken office as the 13th president of the Gem State’s oldest private college. Borst is the first woman to hold the presidency in the College’s 124-year history. She comes to the C of I from Whittier College in California, where she served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. She succeeds President Emeritus Marv Henberg, who recently retired after a successful six-year tenure. 

“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, first announced during a Dec. 8 ceremony on campus, was the result of an extensive national search. Borst was the College’s 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 C of I to new heights.

“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’s administrative career is grounded in the liberal arts. She joined Whittier in 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.

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 comes 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.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. The C of I has a legacy of academic excellence, a winning athletics tradition and a history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. For more information, visit

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