Dr. Robert Hoover
Dr. Robert Hoover re-joined The College of Idaho as the school's interim President on August 24, 2017.
Dr. Hoover arrived at then-Albertson College of Idaho in August 2003 and served as President to July 2009. He was associated with driving programs to increase enrollment and during his C of I tenure, new student enrollment increased by 21% and total enrollment in the fall 2009 exceeded 1000 students for the first time in the College’s history. Also, during those years, he was involved in building the College’s financial standing through significant gifts. For example, between 2005 and 2007, the college received $72 million in gifts from the Albertson Foundation of which $50 million was added to the college’s endowment and the college returned to its original name --The College of Idaho. The $50 million awarded to the College was the largest gift ever to an Idaho college or university.
Prior to coming to the C of I, Bob was the President of the University of Idaho from July 1996 to July 2003. While at the UI he led a $130 million fundraising campaign and focused successfully on growing the university’s undergraduate and graduate enrollment. By June 2003 when Bob left the UI, the university had completed, had underway, or had gained state approval of over $200 million in UI construction and renovation projects.
Most recently he was President and CEO of the Idaho Community Foundation. When he assumed the ICF presidency in 2009, Idaho was in a deep economic recession and its assets were $55 million including $42 million in the foundation’s endowment. When he announced his retirement in February 2015, its assets were $124 million including $104 million in endowment. The number of funds in the foundation increase4d from 379 to 519 and sum of grants awarded across Idaho during his tenure was $54 million.
“My wife Leslee and I have enjoyed our retirement, but we are looking forward to returning to the Caldwell community for the next ten months or so and especially look forward to working with the great students, faculty, staff, alumni and Board of Trustees of the College of Idaho. There is strong momentum at the College and we want to make sure there is a seamless transition to the 14th president.”