Doug Brigham & Jim Everett, Co-Presidents
The College of Idaho appointed two highly successful business and non-profit leaders to the office of the President to lead the state’s oldest private college into the future. Former President of TitleOne Corporation Doug Brigham and the former CEO of the Treasure Valley YMCA Jim Everett have been selected as the Presidents of The College of Idaho. The appointment was finalized by a unanimous Board of Trustees vote of approval on Friday, Feb. 23.
The selection of Co-Presidents, while unique in higher education, is perfectly suited to the needs of the College at this time. The College’s Presidential Search Committee had identified Brigham and Everett as two top individual candidates among a diverse pool of traditional and non-traditional candidates. When the pair reframed their candidacies as a co-presidential team, the Search Committee was intrigued by this innovative approach and the candidates’ shared vision for the College.
Read more about our top two leaders.
Education: BA, The College of Idaho ('87); MBA, Boise State University
- Past Member, College of Idaho Board of Trustees
- Board of Trustees Chairman, 2015-2017
Past Business Experience:
- President, TitleOne Corporation
- Senior Vice President, Operations & Maintenance, Washington Group International
Education: Albion College ('74)
- Past Member, College of Idaho Board of Trustees
- Former Head Swim Coach at The College of Idaho
Past Business Experience:
- CEO, Treasure Valley YMCA
Vice President for Student Affairs
- Advocate Center
- Campus Ministries
- Campus Safety
- Counseling Center
- Learning Support & Disability Services
- Inclusion & Intercultural Engagement
- Outdoor Program
- Residential Life
- Counseling & Health Services
- Student Involvement & Leadership
Provost & Dean of Faculty
- Academic Departments
- Administrative Assistants
- Associate Dean
- Institutional Research
- Physician Assistant Studies
Vice President for Finance and Administration
- Business Office
- College Store
- Human Resources
- Mail Center
- Financial Reporting & Accounting
- Planning & Budgeting
- Risk Management
Vice President for Enrollment Management
- Financial Aid
Vice President of College Relations
- Alumni Relations
- Annual (Boone) Fund
- Advancement Services
- Major Gifts
- Parents Council
- External Relations
Vice President of High Impact Practices
- Center for Experiential Learning
- High Impact Practices
- Title IX
Vice President of Athletics
- Sports Information
Director of Marketing & Communications
- Media Relations
- Social Media
- Quest Magazine
- Internal Communications
Current Board Members
Chair, Jill Twedt '01
Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Boise Cascade Company
Jill Twedt is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Boise Cascade, where she started in 2007 as an employment and labor attorney after four years at a private law firm in Boise. She now leads the legal, compliance, sustainability and environmental, records management, and governance functions for the company. Twedt graduated from The College of Idaho in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science and went on to earn her law degree from the University of Idaho. She is married to fellow alumnus Josh Sears ('99) and the couple has two children.
Vice-Chair, Jen Sampson '97
Jennifer (Vroman) Sampson, a native Idahoan, graduated from The College of Idaho in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. She served as Student Body President her senior year. Upon graduation she began a career at Albertsons, Inc. During her twelve years with the company she experienced three mergers in three different cities, became a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and enjoyed the opportunity to meet and work with thousands of dedicated associates. Jen spent the majority of her career in Public Affairs, Communications, and Community Outreach. In 2015, Jen and her family relocated back to Boise after seven years in Dallas/Fort Worth and six years on the East Coast. With that move came the opportunity to shift careers, and currently she operates a small house renovation business. She is the President of the Boise Public Schools Foundation Board, a member of the Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation, and sits on The College of Idaho Scholarship Gala committee. Jen, her husband Shane, daughter Kate, and their two very mischievous puppies, Maggie and Goldie, live in East Boise.
Secretary, Paul Street ’70
Of Counsel, Hawley Troxell
Paul Street has returned to the private practice of law, joining Hawley Troxell in an of-counsel role, along with his former Moffatt Thomas colleagues. Paul’s practice focuses on corporate legal matters and corporate governance. Paul has practiced law for over 45 years, half of which was spent in private practice at Moffatt Thomas. In 1999, he became General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Building Materials Holding Corporation – a publicly held lumber and building materials distribution company. In 2015, it merged and became BMC Stock Holding, Inc. (Nasdaq BMCH) and Paul became General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the merged company. BMCH is a leading provider of diversified building products and services in the U.S. residential construction market with over 3 billion in sales; approximately 10,000 employees and 93 distribution locations in 18 states. On June 1, 2017, Paul transitioned from his role as General Counsel and subsequently retired on September 15, 2017. Paul graduated from The College of Idaho with a BA degree in 1970. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Law with a JD degree in 1973.
Director of Group Markets, Blue Cross of Idaho
Laura moved back to her home state of Idaho in 2017 to join BCI. She was previously an Engagement Manager at Deloitte Consulting in San Francisco, CA, where she served large health plan and provider clients, including working on the ACA implementation and the health plan shift to retail market. In a cross-industry role, she helped stand up a new program that grew Deloitte’s marketing services and enhanced Deloitte’s brand permission with marketing executives. She has a mechanical engineering degree from Rice University as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard. Laura and her husband, Alex Frey, attempt to manage the chaos created by their 2-year-old boy, Oscar, and 4-year-old girl, Carla. They enjoy being out in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, visiting Stanley and McCall in the summer, and hitting the slopes in the winter.
Community & Education Advocate
Elaine received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology at Newcomb College, which was the women’s college connected to Tulane in New Orleans. After Newcomb, she attended Tulane’s School of Social Work where she received her Master’s. Elaine has spent her professional career mentoring and providing professional coaching to students, especially those from under-served populations. In addition to The College of Idaho Board of Trustees, she is currently a Board Member for the Los Angeles Valley College Foundation Board, the Los Angeles Valley College where she is involved in the Fundraising, Scholarship, and Public Relations Committees and is an Advisory Board Member for the COWEN Institute of Tulane University, New Orleans. Elaine appreciates the opportunity to engage with students, hearing their stories and hopes that she can provide support and the wisdom that comes from experience to these students. Anyone that knows her, knows that she is a humble, kind, compassionate person of deep faith, with a very big heart and is “honored to serve as a Trustee”.
Hon. Candy Dale '79
United States Magistrate Judge
A native of Boise, Judge Dale obtained a Bachelor of Science degree, with honors and as a Gipson Scholar, from The College of Idaho in 1979. While in law school, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Idaho Law Review. Before her appointment to the federal bench in 2008, she was a trial lawyer for over 25 years in Idaho and a member of numerous professional and community organizations. Judge Dale received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the College in 2017 when she delivered the keynote address at Commencement.
Pam DeCoste '82
Retired, former vice president of Philips Healthcare
A 1982 magna cum laude graduate from the College, Pam recently retired after a strong career with Philips Healthcare. She has a proven track record of managing global financial organizations driving growth and profitability, implementing financial discipline and structuring risk management frameworks. She has a strong history of creating growth, managing multi-billion-dollar business groups and markets, and leading the Internal Audit and Fraud investigation function for global Philips out of the Netherlands.
Superintendent, Boise School District
Dennis grew up in the Boise valley before pursuing a career in education that included being named superintendent of the Boise School District in 2019. Prior to his promotion, he had worked in various capacities within the school district since 1991, successfully leading a number of efforts to improve instruction, overall academic achievement and school facilities in the District. He has a demonstrated aptitude for creating solutions. He helped support and coordinate the District's implementation of Community Schools, Common Core State Standards to support learning in the classroom, Strategic Planning, Budgeting, Legislation & Rule Making Advocacy, District Outreach (external and internal communication), Facility Improvements, and Policy Development.
Mike Elliott ’71
Electrical Engineer and Consultant
Mike Elliott, a 1971 graduate of the College, 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.
Owner, Pacific Valve, LLC
Scott Ferguson’s connection to The College of Idaho originated with both of his parents who met in the college cafeteria and were married 2 months later. They both graduated from the College of Idaho, and there is currently an ongoing Ferguson Memorial scholarship that their family contributes. Scott graduated from WSU and started his career as a stockbroker, as his career developed he continued to focus on value investing principles and consulting. Scott owns Pacific Value, LLC, a money management firm that manages portfolios with same value investing principles he had acquired over the years. Scott is married to Kary and they raised three young men, and as they experience empty-nesting they hope to expand their civic efforts.
Chief Operating Officer, DB Fitzpatrick
Brandon is the chief executive 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.
Kate Fowler '02
Vice President, Operational Finance, St. Luke's Health System
Kate Fowler leads operational finance, revenue cycle, and patient access services at St. Luke’s Health System. She is responsible for partnering with system leadership to execute financial strategies and manage resources in support of St. Luke’s mission. Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from The College of Idaho and earned an MBA from Northwest Nazarene University. Kate is an Idaho native and lives in Boise with her husband Will and their two young children (who make it all worthwhile). The family enjoys skiing, overlanding in their Jeep, the arts, and seeking out new adventures.
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.
Paula Kluksdal ‘94
Partner, Hawley Troxell
Paula graduated from The College of Idaho in 1994 where she received her Bachelor of Arts and graduated cum laude. She received her J.D. from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1997, where she was Editor in Chief of the University of Idaho Law Review, 1996-1997. Paula is co-chair of the firm’s banking practice group and was the first woman member of Hawley Troxell’s Board of Partners from 2012 to 2020. She focuses her practice in the areas of real estate and finance, and represents a wide variety of lenders and borrowers in the documentation and due diligence necessary for securitized lending, compliance with Idaho’s commercial lending regulations, loan documentation, and collection. In addition to serving on the College’s Board of Trustees, Paula is a member of the Idaho State Bar, American Bar Association, National Association of Bond Lawyers, and Idaho Women Lawyers. Paula has achieved many accomplishments throughout her legal career, most recently the 2021 Richard C. Fields Civility Award. Paula also generously contributes her time and expertise to provide presentations on a variety of topics for associations, including professional women organizations. She is married to alumnus John Kluksdal ’94.
Ray Marshall '75
Raymond Marshall is a business litigation and white-collar investigations partner in the firm’s San Francisco office. He is also the Team Leader of the White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Team. In addition to his professional affiliations, Raymond is extremely active in community affairs and serves on the boards of the Equal Justice Society, the United Negro College Fund, and HomeBase/The Center for Common Concerns. In March 2009, he argued on behalf of five of the leading civil rights groups in the country (Asian Pacific American Legal Center, California State Conference of the NAACP, Equal Justice Society, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund) before the California Supreme Court, arguing that allowing Proposition 8 (a proposition which sought to outlaw gay marriage) to stand could be detrimental to other minority groups who could easily become the targets of initiative campaigns seeking to take away their rights.
James P. Mertz
Chairman, Symms Fruit Ranch
Oversees the family farming operation founded in 1914 by his wife's (Kathy) grandfather, now in the 5th generation of family participation as growers, packers, sellers, and shippers of fresh fruits and vegetables, plus general farming operations. Jim's career began in education before shifting to Symms Fruit Ranch in 1971. He has been actively involved in the local agricultural community since arriving, including serving on the Idaho Horticulture Association, the Idaho Apple Commission, the Idaho Cherry Commission and the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association, among others. Jim earned his bachelor of arts degree in 1961 from Beloit College in Beloit, WI, and his Master’s degree from Columbia University in 1965. Kathy and Jim have three children; Jamie, Carrie, and Joe '93 plus eight grandchildren; Hattie, Max, Jack, Maisie, Milo, Fran, Sean Elizabeth, and Jay.
Alan Moore ’74
Treasure Valley Entrepreneur, Former President of Bogus Basin Recreational Association
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 and formerly owning several small businesses and serving as president and general manager of the Bogus Basin Recreational Association. Moore has served on the College's 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 Idaho outdoors and youth recreation organizations. Alan has been married to his wife, Julie, for over 38 years; the couple has two children and two grandchildren.
Owner and CEO, Bestbath
Megan L. Multanen, MPA, is an Idaho native and a graduate of Boise State University where she earned a degree in Sociology and Economics. Post-Boise State, Megan attended the University of Arizona where she earned her Masters of Public Administration. While working in the Department of Training and Public Policy development for Pima Prevention Partnership in Tucson Arizona, Megan worked with the Governor’s Office for Children, Youth, and Families to deliver curriculum and grassroots training to 30 community coalitions throughout the state of Arizona. Megan returned to Idaho in 2010 to work for Bestbath and has worked in the Marketing Department, Commercial Sales department, and Dealer Sales department. Today, Megan is an owner and CEO of Bestbath. Megan pursued her Certified Aging in Place Specialist designation through the National Association of Home Builders in 2010. An active member of the American Composite Manufacturers Association (ACMA) Government Affairs Committee, and Architectural Committee Megan has also served the industry in Green Composites initiatives. Megan has served as Chair of the Board for the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, as well as on the Executive Committee of the Chamber Board, and enjoys the opportunity that affords her to be an active member of the community
Lorenzo Olvera '07
Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Saint Alphonsus Health System
Lorenzo Olvera has been named Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Saint Alphonsus Health System. Olvera earned his bachelor’s degree in political economy from The College of Idaho in Caldwell and received an Executive Master’s in Leadership from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. He has also received certificates in diversity and inclusion from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the University of South Florida. Lorenzo is also a father to two.
President, Oppenheimer Companies
Doug Oppenheimer has a long and successful history in the Treasure Valley above and beyond his company, Oppenheimer Companies, Inc., which 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 Advisory 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.
Michael Pearson ‘97
Chief of the Bureau of Administration, Idaho Department of Fish & Game
Michael is the Chief of the Bureau of Administration at the Idaho Department of Fish & Game, in charge of oversight for all administrative functions of the $125M dedicated fund state agency. Over the past three years, he played a key role in securing $8M in municipal bonds to construct a new regional office for the department and a $20M municipal bond to demolish and construct new departmental headquarters that was completed on time and under budget. In his spare time, Michael enjoys gourmet cooking, golfing, and traveling to new places with his wife of 17 years and 2 kids.
Dr. Karly Pippitt, M.D. ‘02
Director and Associate Professor, University of Utah
Dr. Pippitt is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Preventative Medicine at the University of Utah where she also serves as the Director of Medical Student Education in Family Medicine. Karly graduated from The College of Idaho in 2002 where she received her degree in biology and later attended the University of Utah where she received her M.D. in 2006. Dr. Pippitt’s background in medicine, teaching, and volunteer work is extensive. In addition to The College’s Board of Trustees, Karly also serves on various committees at The University of Utah such as Continuing Medical Education Advisory Committee and Medical Staff Credentials Committee.
Alison Rabe '10
Executive Director, Jesse Tree
Ali moved back to Idaho in 2019 to take on the role of Executive Director at Jesse Tree, a nonprofit preventing eviction and homelessness for low-income families in the Treasure Valley. Prior to joining Jesse Tree Ali was a Staff Attorney at HomeBase, headquartered in San Francisco, where she supported local governments and service providers in their efforts to end homelessness. In 2012 Ali received the Boren Fellowship, through which she supported indigenous communities in rural Cambodia fighting to keep their land. She continued the same work in Sierra Leone. Ali also spent some years working for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as an adjudicator, processing refugees from all over the world. Ali is a proud Yote and holds a J.D. from William & Mary Law School.
Dennis Robertson '87
President of Elite Athletes Division, Protocol International
Dennis received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management at The College of Idaho and his extensive athletic background paved the way to his current role as President of Protocol International’s Elite Athletes Division responsible for P & L, recruitment, negotiating, training and development. Dennis’ athletic achievements range from his participation in the 1979 Junior AAU Olympics to The College of Idaho where he became the two-time Defensive Player of the Year (1984-86), Athlete of the Year (1985), and the Assistant Junior Varsity Coach (1986). He also became an NBA Pro-Am player with the Portland/Seattle team from 1986-1987 and started as small forward for Each One Teach One at the famous Rucker Park in Harlem under legendary Coach John Martin for three years. In addition to his athletic background, Dennis has also been involved in the corporate arena as a banking executive spanning over 30 years with American Express, JP Morgan Chase, and Carver Federal Savings Bank. This experience encompassed many aspects of corporate coaching, branding, training and development, campaigns, acquisitions and promotion, and staff recruitment. Dennis brings to the table his high energy, competitive edge, personable leadership skills, and proven track record. Dennis is currently working with Professional Athletes, College and University Athletic Departments, AAU teams, High Schools and youth.
Megan Ronk '01
Director of Business Innovation & Development, Idaho Power
Megan Ronk is Director of Business Innovation & Development for Idaho Power where she is charged with business expansion and innovation initiatives for one of the United States’ top ranked investor-owned electric utilities. Before joining Idaho Power, Ronk enjoyed a 16-year career in state government and public policy, most recently serving as the Director for the Idaho Department of Commerce under Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter. In that role, Ronk led economic development efforts for the state, including business attraction, retention and expansion, international trade, tourism and rural-development initiatives. Ronk also worked as a Policy Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Interior and former Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne. Ronk serves on the Board of Directors for Mountain West Bank and the Boise Valley Economic Partnership; as a commissioner for the Idaho Commission on Human Rights; and as an adjunct faculty member at the College of Western Idaho where she has taught microeconomics for over ten years. Ronk has received the Idaho Business Review’s Accomplished Under 40 award and is a three-time winner of the Idaho Women of the Year award. Ronk’s highest priority and greatest accomplishment is her family including husband Jayson and two young sons, Simon and Harrison.
Kyle Sales '03
Local Business Leader
After serving as a CPA in public accounting and later corporate finance in private equity, Kyle is currently the director of finance for a Seattle-based technology company. He returned to the Treasure Valley where he also spends time working with early stage businesses and real estate projects. 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.
Amalka Samarasekera ‘13
Strategy & Planning Lead, HP Inc., Print Hardware Systems & Solutions
Amalka leads Strategy and Planning for HP Print Solutions and Software Platforms team, where she drives product innovation, business strategy planning, and future product marketing for HP’s Consumer Business print solutions and software. She also has extensive experience in program management and market research analysis. She graduated from The College of Idaho in 2013 with dual degrees in psychology and anthropology/sociology. Amalka also received her Master of Business Administration from Boise State University in 2018 and International Baccalaureate Diploma from Pearson College (UWC) in British Columbia, Canada in 2009. In addition to The College’s Board of Trustees, she also serves on other boards as the Partnerships lead for Women Innovators and Selection Committee member for the UWC-USA National Committee.
Retired, Community Advocate
Mary Smith graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with honors (cum laude) with a degree in Economics and History. She managed market research on development projects in southern California, Utah and Hawaii for companies such as Walker & Lee, Prudential Insurance, and the Immobiliare. Mary is past president of the Idaho and Ada County Medical Alliances. She currently serves as treasurer of the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts Board. Mary is married to College of Idaho alumnus James W. Smith, M.D.
Ronald R. Thomas
President Emeritus, University of Puget Sound
Ron is a nationally recognized leader in higher education, serving most recently as the thirteenth president of the University of Puget Sound from 2003-2016. His career includes faculty and administrative roles at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and Trinity College (CT), where he served as English department chair, chief of staff, college vice president, and acting president. Ron has served on the boards of directors of the American Council on Education, the Annapolis Group, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), the Chronicle of Higher Education and New York Times Higher Education Cabinet, the Independent Colleges of Washington, and the President's Council for NCAA Division III. He earned a BA magna cum laude from Wheaton College (IL) and an MA and PhD in English and American literature from Brandeis University. Since 2017, Ron has been a principal at Reinstitute, a division of Human Capital Research Corporation focusing on higher-education organizational strategy, change management, and sustainability.
Ken Wagers ‘84
Vice President, Kelmar Associates
Ken is currently the Vice President of Client Information Services at Kelmar Associates. He graduated from The College of Idaho in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance and received his Master of Taxation at the University of Denver School of Law in 1985. Ken has spent his career working collaboratively with nearly every state’s unclaimed property department in the U.S., focusing on system implementations, integrations, services, and best practices. In addition to the College’s Board of Trustees, Ken is a member of the NAST Corporate Affiliate Board, Involta Financial Advisory Board, and The College of Idaho National Alumni Board (past president). A few of Ken’s interests include hiking, running, skiing, and woodworking.
Dr. Sue Weitz '71
Retired, Gonzaga University
Dr. Sue Weitz, Retired Vice President for Student Life and Senior Advisor to the President at Gonzaga University for 34 years, has also served as Semester At Sea Executive Dean in the summer of 04, Fall 10, Fall 14, Spring 2020. Her first “around the world voyage” was the Fall of 96 when she served as the Dean of Students. She is married to Greg Intinarelli and has three children, Lauran, Marcus, and Derek. She earned her Bachelor and Master degrees from The College of Idaho and her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Administration from Gonzaga University. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on alcohol use and college students. Sue has had a long successful career in Higher Education serving over 45 years in various positions at The College of Idaho, University of Central Arkansas, St. Mary of the Woods College, and Gonzaga University. She has received numerous national and regional awards from NASPA and JASPA as well as from her last home institution, Gonzaga University. Among the honors, NASPA awarded her The Scott Goodnight Award for outstanding performance as a Dean, and the National Fred Turner Award for distinguished service. The National Jesuit Association (JASPA) awarded her the Ignation Medal for Outstanding Achievement and the Victor Yanitelli Award (highest award from Jesuit Institutions for contribution to the profession). When Sue retired from Gonzaga University she was recognized with her Trademarks being “Love and Laughter". Dr. Weitz is extremely passionate about Higher Education and is honored to be able to serve The College of Idaho, the institution that gave her educational and professional start.
Dr. Rick Williams '74
Scientific, technical, and research consultant
Williams is a fisheries ecologist and Research Associate in the Department of Biology at The College of Idaho. His research and consulting activities focus on the conservation of native steelhead, redband, and cutthroat trout in western North America. Williams graduated in 1974 with majors in Zoology and English Literature. Rick is a third generation College of Idaho graduate, preceded by his parents, Dick and Rita Williams (1950) and grandparents, Ledru and Alta Williams (1918). Dick served on the National Alumni Board (1958-61; President 1961), while grandfather Ledru joined the College of Idaho’s Education Department faculty in 1945. Ledru was also the acting President of the College from 1948 to 1950.
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 the College, 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 the College 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.
Dr. Richard Roberge
Chairman, Idaho Board of Health and Welfare
Dr. Richard Roberge is a Trustee Emeritus for The College of Idaho. He 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 was named a trustee emeritus in 2020.
The College of Idaho Advisory Board will provide high-level strategic and generative thought to the College. The group will serve as a sort of "think tank" and sounding board as to how to make the College and even more effective, efficient, and valuable resource to the state and region.
- AJ & Susie Balukoff
- Linda Bequettte '89
- George Crookham
- Jim Grigsby '82
- Steve Hanks
- Alice Hennessey
- John Jackson
- Molly Lenty-Dickson
- Charlene Maher
- Roger Quarles
- Rich Raimondi
- Tara Russell
- John Michael Shert
- Brian Shirley
- Angela Taylor
- David Turnbull
- Bill Whitacre
- Graye H. Wolfe, Sr.
- Chet Wood '81
- Linda Yanke