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Dr. Robert "Bob" Hoover, Interim President

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.

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About Interim President Hoover

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.

President's Staff

Paul Bennion

Vice President for Student Affairs

  • Advocate Center
  • Campus Ministries
  • Campus Safety
  • Center for Experiential Learning
  • Counseling Center
  • Learning Support & Disability Services
  • Multicultural Affairs
  • Outdoor Program
  • Residential Life
  • Student Health Services
  • Student Involvement

David Douglass

Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • Academic Departments
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Archives
  • Associate Dean
  • Community Learning
  • Faculty
  • Grants
  • Institutional Research
  • Library
  • Museum
  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Planetarium
  • Registrar

Richard Erne

Vice President for Finance and Administration

  • Business Office
  • College Store
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Mail Center
  • Facilities Department
  • Financial Reporting & Accounting
  • Planning & Budgeting
  • Purchasing
  • Risk Management

Brian Bava

Vice President for Enrollment Management

  • Admission
  • Financial Aid

Michael Vandervelden

Vice President for College Relations

  • Alumni Relations
  • Annual Fund
  • Advancement Services
  • Boone Fund
  • Foundation/Corporate
  • Major Gifts
  • Parents Council

Reagan Rossi

Athletic Director

  • Athletics
  • Coaches
  • Intramural Athletics
  • Sports Information

Joe Hughes

Director of Marketing & Communications

  • Media Relations
  • Website
  • Social Media
  • Quest Magazine
  • Advertising
  • Internal Communications

Maggie Colwell

Executive Assistant to the President


Current Board Members

Chair, Laura (Roberts) Turner '79
Retired, Boeing Company Defense & Space Systems

Laura (Roberts) Turner graduated from the College of Idaho in 1979 with degrees in Business Management and Psychology. She spent the next 27 years in the Aerospace business, working primarily on the Space Shuttle and Space Station programs for the Boeing Company and retired in 2011 after the last Space Shuttle flight. She has been actively in Boys Team Charity, a volunteer organization that provides community service opportunities for 7th-12th grade boys and their families. She is married to Dr. Russell Turner and has two sons. She is serving her second term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

Vice-Chair, Jeffrey Taylor '82
System Vice President and CFO, St. Luke’s Health System

Jeffrey Taylor is the system vice president and chief financial officer for St. Luke’s Health System in Boise. Taylor began his career with St. Luke’s in 1994 as a director of finance. He previously worked in the Boise offices of Deloitte & Touche and Ernst & Whinney. Taylor graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from The College of Idaho in 1982 and went on to earn his CPA. He is serving his first term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

Secretary, Kenneth C. Howell '81
Partner, Hawley Troxell Attorneys and Counselors

Board secretary Ken Howell is a partner in the business and finance practice group and co-chair of the banking department at Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP in Boise. His practice emphasizes creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, banking, intellectual property (including trademark and copyright), and real estate, with a focus on business transactions associated with the technology industry, real estate financing and development, and debtor/creditor relationships. Howell graduated cum laude from C of I in 1981 and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Idaho in 1984. Howell is a member of the American Bar Association and the Idaho State Bar. He is serving his third term on the C of I Board of Trustees after a four-year hiatus.

Mary Abercrombie
Retired, Community Advocate

Mary Abercrombie is entering her first term as a Trustee at The College of Idaho, though her late husband, Lee, served as a Trustee of the school until his passing in 1984.  She has a strong background in the arts, having an extensive history of supporting and being involved with the Boise Philharmonic, including her current role as the president of the Boise Philharmonic Foundation.  Among the other groups she has served — Treasure Valley YMCA, the Boise Art Museum, the Idaho Humane Society, the St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Foundation and more.  Her community involvement has led to public recognition from St. Alphonsus (Distinguished Citizen Award) and the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce (Community Service Award).

James B. Alderman '96
Associate general counsel at J.R. Simplot Company in Boise

James Alderman is an attorney and associate general counsel at J.R. Simplot Company in Boise. Alderman earned his bachelor's degree in political science and history from C of I in 1996 and went on to earn a law degree from the University of Idaho in 2001. Throughout his career, Alderman has specialized in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, securities, real estate law and business planning. Alderman is a part chairman of the George V. Wolfe Scholarship Committee at The College of Idaho. He is serving his first term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

Tricia Baur
Nurse, retired

Retired nurse Tricia Baur grew up in Ashland, Oregon, and graduated from Southern Oregon College in 1974. She spent the next 31 years working as a nurse and vascular technologist at hospitals, universities and vascular labs in Oregon and at Saint Luke's Regional Medical Center in Boise. Baur has had three articles published in medical journals. She is serving her second term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

Doug Brigham '87
President/Owner, TitleOne Corporation

Doug Brigham is the President of TitleOne Corporation. Brigham graduated from C of I and went on to earn his MBA from Boise State University. Brigham sits on the Board of Directors for TitleOne and Cross Town Movers. He was involved with the Northwest Family YMCA Blue Ribbon Committee and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Brigham has stayed connected to the College through the years, serving with the Alumni Association and as an adjunct professor. He is married to C of I alum Beth Brigham, and the couple has three children — Caroline, Drew and Erik. Brigham is serving his second term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

Dr. Darrell Howard Carney '70
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Director, Therapeutic Peptide Development Laboratory, at the University of Texas Medical Branch

Darrell Carney is a Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Director of the Therapeutic Peptide Development Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch. After earning his bachelor's degree in biology from C of I in 1970, Carney went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 1975 and a postdoctoral degree from the University of California in 1978. Carney has founded and directed several biomedical companies, including Gal Tech Wound Therapies, DBA; Chrysalis BioTechnology, Inc.; and Radix Therapeutics, LLC. Carney is the 1998 recipient of The College of Idaho's Outstanding Alumni Award and has been honored with numerous awards for his work in education and business. Carney lives in Dickinson, Texas, with his wife, Margaret Boyd Carney '71. He is serving his first term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

Dr. Don Coberly
Superintendent of Schools, Boise School District

Dr. Don Coberly has worked for the Boise School District since 1984 and has served as Superintendent since 2010. Dr. Coberly worked as an elementary teacher in several districts, was Language Arts Supervisor for the Boise District from 1984-1994, and became the district's Curriculum Coordinator in 1994. He has bachelor's degrees in history and elementary education from the University of Idaho, a master's degree in reading from Boise State University, and a Ph. D. in education from the University of Idaho. He is serving his first term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

Mary Crookham
CFO and Secretary, Crookham Company

Mary Crookham is the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Crookham Company in Caldwell, Idaho. She is part of the fourth generation of the family-owned company, founded in 1911, which specializes in breeding and production of vegetable seeds. Mary graduated from Caldwell High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington. Mary, like previous family members, has been active in the local community since her youth. She currently serves on the board for two non-profit organizations: Caldwell Foundation for Educational Opportunity and Idaho Youth Games. She is serving her first term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

Hon. Candy Dale '79
US Magistrate Court Judge, District of Idaho

Judge Dale is beginning her second tour as a member of The College of Idaho's Board of Trustees, having previously served on the Board from 2007 to 2015 and serving as the Board's Chair from 2012 to 2014.  She graduated with honors from the College of Idaho ('79) as a Gipson Scholar before receiving her Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1982.  Before her appointment to the Federal Bench in 2008, Dale was a trial lawyer for over 25 years in Idaho and a member of numerous professional and community organizations.

Mike Elliott ’69
Electrical Engineer and Consultant

Mike Elliott, a 1969 C of I graduate, is an accomplished electrical engineer and consultant. Throughout his career, Elliott has led engineering units in providing power generation and transmission services as a consultant. He also has served on large projects throughout the world as a senior project manager and quality assurance specialist. His expertise includes design, economic analysis, equipment selection and system protection, coordination, mapping, stability and design. He is serving his first term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

Brandon Fitzpatrick
Chief Operating Officer, DB Fitzpatrick

Brandon is chief operating officer at DB Fitzpatrick, overseeing the daily operations of the firm.  Brandon holds a BA from Brown University, a master’s in international relations from UC San Diego, and a master’s in economics from the University of Miami.  He has taught courses in economics at the University of Miami, statistics at Boise State University, and finance at Pacific University.  He is serving his first term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

Mike Garcia
Owner, Corporate Office Installations

Mike Garcia, a native Idahoan, is the owner of Corporate Office Installations, which provides office furniture installation, office design, furniture moving, cabling and reupholstery. Michael coupled his 20 years of experience with hard work and determination to grow COI into the largest furniture installation business in Idaho. He is serving his first term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

Scott Gipson
President and Publisher of The Caxton Printers Ltd./Caxton Press

Scott Gipson is the President of The Caxton Printers Ltd., a family-owned, full-service commercial printing company that has been in business in Caldwell for more than 100 years. He also serves as Publisher of Caxton Press, the company's publishing division. Gipson graduated from Caldwell High School in 1985 and went on to earn his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from the University of Idaho. Gipson has worked at Caxton since 1993. Gipson serves on several community committees, including the Executive Board of the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce. Gipson lives in Caldwell with his wife, Dawn, and children, Zachary and Samantha. He is serving his first term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

Kevin Hulsey ’88
Founder and CEO, RehabAuthority

Kevin Hulsey graduated from the C of I in 1988 and founded RehabAuthority in 1999. Since then, Hulsey has guided the company’s expansion to 15 locations in the Treasure Valley, Idaho Falls, Pocatello and Fargo, N.D. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Physical Therapy Association’s health policy, private practice, orthopedic and sports sections, as well as in a number of leadership roles with the Idaho Physical Therapy Association. Among numerous honors, Hulsey was named Physical Therapist of the Year by the Idaho Physical Therapy Association and received the American Physical Therapy Association’s Emerging Leader Award. Since 2001, he also has served as a rehabilitation consultant for The College of Idaho’s athletics program. Hulsey is serving his second term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

Mas Kuwana ’03
Tax Operations, Amazon

Mas Kuwana graduated from The College of Idaho in 2003 with majors in accounting, politics and economics. He obtained his JD from the University of Idaho in 2006 and, despite his deep love for Idaho, accepted an opportunity to move to New York City to join Deloitte's tax practice. Mas spent time as the Head of Tax Operations for JP Morgan Chase's Corporate and Investment Bank. In 2016, Mas moved to Amazon, where he also works in Tax Operations. Kuwana, originally from White Bird, Idaho, maintains his strong Idaho roots and loyalty to the C of I. He is serving his first term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

William Mason ’84 
Project Executive/Treasurer, Taylor International Corp.

William Mason is a Project Executive and Treasurer for Taylor International Corp., a Las Vegas-based construction firm that specializes in construction and consulting services for hotel and gaming related facilities. Mason majored in business management and psychology at the College and also earned an MBA from the University of Miami, Florida. Mason began working for Taylor International in 1988 and took over full control of the company alongside his brother, James Mason, in 1997. Mason lives in Las Vegas with his wife and children. He is a longtime supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Temple Beth Sholom. He is serving his first term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

Alan Moore ’74
President and Co-owner, Meridian Plumbing

Alan Moore is a 1974 College of Idaho graduate who went on to earn his MBA and CPA license. He has enjoyed a long and successful career in the Treasure Valley, starting several small businesses and serving as president and general manager of the Bogus Basin Recreational Association. He currently is president and co-owner of Meridian Plumbing. Moore has served on the C of I National Alumni Board as well as the Business Advisory Council. He’s also been an adjunct faculty member at the College and is actively involved in community service, focusing on the Idaho outdoors and youth recreation organizations. Alan has been married to his wife, Julie, for 38 years; the couple has two children and two grandchildren. He is serving his first term on the C of I Board of Trustees

Rick Ogle ’66
Retired Businessman

Rick Ogle graduated with a history degree from the C of I in 1966 and, after a four-year stint in the U.S. Navy, went on to earn an accounting degree and an MBA from Boise State University. After an 18-year career at Ore-Ida Foods, Ogle became the owner and president of Boise-based Office Environment Company, which he ran until he sold the company and retired in 2009. Ogle currently provides management and investing advice to small businesses. He is serving his fourth term on the C of I Board of Trustees and has been active on various committees associated with the College for more than 20 years.

Doug Oppenheimer
President, Oppenheimer Companies

A first-term member of the College's Board of Trustees, Doug Oppenheimer has a long and successful history in the Treasure Valley above and beyond his company, Oppenheimer Companies, Inc, that is involved in food sales, manufacturing and marketing as well as being involved in commercial real estate.  Currently, Oppenheimer is the Director of the Idaho Community Foundation, President of the Boy Scouts of America (Ore-Ida Council), Treasurer for Alturas Institute, Director for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival's Advistory Board, Director of Idaho Business for Education, Director of the Idaho Film Foundation, and more.  He is also a published author, having penned the book, "Sun Valley: A Biography," the first book written on the history of Sun Valley, Idaho

Dr. Richard Roberge
Chairman, Idaho Board of Health and Welfare

Dr. Richard Roberge has distinguished himself as one of the Treasure Valley’s top medical professionals during a career that extends half a century. After his residency at Latter-Day Saints Hospital in Salt Lake City and his initial practice in a three-person OB-GYN partnership in Klamath Falls, Ore., Roberge opened his practice in Caldwell in 1969. His leadership within the medical profession includes his work as a member of the Idaho Board of Health and Welfare, which he has chaired since 2007, and service as chair of the Southwest District Health Department Board of Directors. Roberge also has been a civic leader, serving as a member of the Caldwell School Board and as president of the Caldwell Rotary Club. Roberge is serving his fourth term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

Kyle Sales '03
Local Business Leader

Kyle Sales ('03) is in his first term on the Board of Trustees for The College of Idaho.  After serving as a CPA and Director of Finance for several years, he returned to the Treasure Valley and has invested most of his time and efforts into a start-up called Outdoor Toy Share.  He was previously honored by The College of Idaho as its Young Alumni of the Year and also served as a member of the National Alumni Board while maintaining a connection to the College through attending events, mentoring students and advising.

Mary Smith
Partner, Wenkebach LLP

Mary Smith is in her first term as a member of the Board of Trustees at The College of Idaho and is married to College of Idaho alumnus Dr James W. Smith, M.D.  She is a former president of the Ada County and Idaho State Medical Society Alliances and also chaired the Idaho March of Dime's 50th Anniversary.  She also chaired the College of Idaho Spring Symposium, which featured America's first Secretary of Energy, James Schlesinger.  She currently sits on the Investment Committee as a member of the Board of the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts and also traveled to Rwanda in 2015 to volunteer at a medical clinic with African New Life Ministries.

Paul Street ’70
Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, Building Materials Holding Corporate/BMC

Paul Street, a 1970 C of I graduate, is the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Building Materials Holding Corporate/BMC, a leading building materials and construction services provider located in 10 states. From 1974 to 1999, Mr. Street was a member of the Moffatt Thomas law firm.  He also is a member of the Idaho State Bar and the American Bar Association. He is serving his first term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

Shawna M. Swanson ’89
Associate General Counsel and Corporate Senior Vice President, The Walt Disney Company

Shawna Swanson is the Associate General Counsel for Litigation and Employment as well as a Corporate Senior Vice President for The Walt Disney Company in Burbank, Calif. She is the chief employment counsel for the company, providing strategic and tactical advice in all areas of employment law. Swanson was a Gipson Scholar at the C of I, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in three years and was a Rhodes Scholarship Finalist. She went on to earn her law degree from Harvard University. Swanson serves as Board Chair of Futuro Prep Charter Elementary School and is a member of the State Bar of California and all California federal district courts. She is serving her first term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

Alexander Toeldte
Former President and CEO, Boise Inc.

Alexander Toeldte served as president and chief executive officer of Boise Inc. from 2008 to 2013. Toeldte joined Boise Cascade Holdings LLC in 2005 as president of the company's packaging and newsprint segment and soon became its executive vice president, paper and packaging and newsprint segments. Prior to moving to Boise, Toeldte was chair of Algonac Limited, a private management and consulting firm based in Auckland, New Zealand. He also has held executive positions with Fonterra Enterprises (New Zealand), Fletcher Challenge Limited Group (New Zealand) and McKinsey Company (Canada, Belgium and Sweden). He currently is chairman of the board of directors for the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). Toeldte studied economics at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Germany and later received an MBA from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is serving his first term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

Jill Twedt '01
Vice President, Legal and Corporate Secretary, Boise Cascade Company

Twedt is in her first term as a Trustee at The College of Idaho after graduating with a bachelor's in Political Science from The College in 2001.  She has been with Boise Cascade for ten years, specializing in employment and corporate legal matters, after spending four years with a Boise law firm specializing in employment law.  She is the current president of Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity and also sits on the board of the United Way of Treasure Valley.  She is married to fellow alumnus Josh Sears ('99) and the couple has two children, Josie and Norah.

Dr. Shauna Williams
Colorectal Surgeon

Dr. Shauna Tseu Williams is a colorectal surgeon who has operated a private practice in Boise since 1991. She received bachelor's and master's degrees from Brigham Young University, attended University of Hawaii John A. Burns Medical School and completed an internship and residency studies at Oregon Health Sciences University. She is a former president of Saint Alphonsus Medical Staff and she serves on several boards and committees at Saint Alphonsus. Williams, an avid fly fisher and outdoorswoman, is a partial owner of Idaho Angler fly fishing shop. She is serving her second term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

Marcia Wing '76
Former Senior Vice President, Moreton & Company

Marcia Wing graduated summa cum laude from The College of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and American studies in 1976. She went on to earn an MBA from Boise State University in 1983 and enjoyed a successful career in the insurance business for more than 30 years. Marcia recently retired as the Senior Vice President for the Boise office of Moreton & Company, a regional insurance brokerage firm. She currently is serving her first term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

Graye H. Wolfe, Sr.
Owner, Performance Improvement Concepts, Inc.

Graye Wolfe operates Performance Improvement Concepts, Inc., specializing in the development, growth and business potential of multi-franchise car dealers across the country. He is a graduate of Northwood University Michigan and the NADA Dealer Candidate Academy. Wolfe sold his Idaho-based Golden Rule Dealership Group in 1997. At the time, he was the youngest CEO of a mid-sized U.S. automotive group. Wolfe is a frequent speaker at NADA and NCM 20 Groups and has performed staff training for national extended warranty insurance companies, several large dealer banks and JD Powers and Associates. Wolfe was the recipient of the Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award in 1994. He is serving his second term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

Emeritus Board Members

Louie Attebery '50
Professor Emeritus of English, The College of Idaho

Retired professor Louie Attebery has deep ties to western Idaho and the College. Born in Monroe Creek, Idaho, Attebery graduated from Weiser High and served in the Navy before coming to C of I, where he graduated cum laude and married alumna Barbara Olson. He went on to receive a master's degree from the University of Montana and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver. Attebery returned to C of I as an English professor in 1961 and stayed until his retirement in 1999. A lover of literature, folklore and history, Attebery has published six books and countless articles. In 2010, Attebery was inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame and also received The College of Idaho President's Medallion, the College's most distinguished honor of achievement. Attebery was named a trustee emeritus in 2011.

Jack K. Lemley
President and CEO of Lemley International

Jack Lemley is a Trustee Emeritus for The College of Idaho. Lemley is the President and CEO of Lemley International, a Boise-based management-consulting firm established to serve public and private clients worldwide in the engineering and construction industries. Lemley has served as Chairman, President and CEO of several companies and won multiple awards during his distinguished business career. Lemley, a 1960 graduate of the University of Idaho, was presented with an honorary doctor of science degree by The College of Idaho in 2006, served two terms on the C of I Board of Trustees and was named a Trustee Emeritus in 2009.

Peter O'Neill
President and Owner of O'Neill Enterprises

Peter O'Neill is a Trustee Emeritus for The College of Idaho. He is President and owner of O'Neill Enterprises LLC, a Boise-based land development company. O'Neill is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received his MBA from Stanford University Business School. O'Neill has directed many successful business ventures in and around Idaho, including the founding of the Sandpiper Restaurant, working for Boise Cascade and creating and developing several beautiful residential communities. O'Neill served on the C of I Board of Trustees from 1993 to 2009 and was named a Trustee Emeritus in 2010.