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The C of I announces Linfield College philosophy chair as president

2009. 01. 15.

CALDWELL – The College of Idaho announced that Marvin Henberg, former interim president at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., will become The C of I's 12th president.

The announcement was made by President Bob Hoover and Sen. John McGee. Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas also attended the news conference and welcomed Henberg.

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.

"Being president of The College of Idaho has been a wonderful experience professionally, but also personally," said Hoover. "The students, faculty, alumni, trustees and staff care deeply about the college and work together to ensure its success. I have been privileged to be part of this remarkable team."

Henberg, who is currently a professor and chair of Linfield's philosophy department, will assume the presidency on July 1. He will be inaugurated in the fall.

"I am deeply honored to be chosen as president of The College of Idaho," Henberg said. "My wife Laurie and I have strong ties to Idaho and to the liberal arts, so the opportunity to lead Idaho's only liberal arts college is exciting and meaningful to both of us."

Henberg was a faculty member at the University of Idaho for 18 years, and served as chairman of the philosophy department at the University of Idaho from 1988-1994. He also launched and directed the University Honors Program at the UI.

His professional awards and achievements include an Idaho Humanities Council Outstanding Achievement Award in 1992 and the UI Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1992, 1991, 1990, 1988 and 1986. As a student, Henberg was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1971.

Henberg's goals as president of The C of I include:

  • Successfully completing the $175 million, 10-year comprehensive campaign that was launched last year
  • Updating existing facilities and possibly building new ones
  • Maintaining academic rigor
  • Maintaining and enhancing athletic programs

More than 50 people applied for The C of I presidency. A presidential search committee that included students, faculty, alumni, trustees, staff, administrators and a parent of a student pared the list to eight candidates and interviewed them. Three candidates were brought to campus for more in-depth interviews. The board of trustees made the final decision to select Henberg.