College Of Southern Idaho Chooses New President
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The College of Southern Idaho Board of Trustees have selected Dr. Jeff Fox to be the next CSI president.
Dr. Jeff Fox currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at the College, a position he has held since 2008.
Fox started at CSI as an Associate Professor of English in 1987; in 2006, he attained the rank of Professor of Merit. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in English from California State University at Sacramento and his Ph. D. in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Idaho (his 2008 dissertation was on community college presidencies.)
From 1987 to 2000, he taught a variety of courses including literature, humanities, composition, and Japanese language. Fox was appointed as Director of the Academic Development Center in 2000, and in 2003 he became Chair of the English, Languages, and Philosophy Department. Fox was selected as CSI Academic Teacher of the Year in 1995, and he was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award from the J. A. & Kathryn Albertson and CSI Foundations in 2000. In 2008 after a national search, Fox was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer.
Fox also served on a number of local and statewide committees and boards, including being a Magic Valley Arts Council Board Member, a Parks and Recreation Commissioner for the City of Twin Falls, and as a Board Member and then Chair of the Board of the Idaho Humanities Council. He was a member of the Boise State Radio Citizens’ Advisory Board and also served on the vestry of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Twin Falls. Currently, he is Chair of the St. Luke’s Magic Valley Hospital Planning Committee and Secretary of the Board of Directors.
He and Evin, his wife of 31 years, raised their two sons in Twin Falls, and along the way participated in 4H, youth soccer, baseball, and parent-volunteer opportunities at schools in the Twin Falls School District.
Dr. Fox will become CSI’s fourth president in its 48-year history, taking over for Dr. Jerry Beck who announced his retirement last summer. Since that time, the former Executive Director of CSI’s Foundation, Curtis Eaton, has acted as the college’s Interim President.
A consultant from the Association of Community College Trustees and a nine-member Presidential Search Committee comprised of CSI faculty, staff, student body, and community members sought applications from throughout the nation.
The committee’s three finalists interacted with college employees and the public in open forums the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 15. The CSI Board of Trustees met in executive session all day Wednesday, Oct. 16 to do their own interviews with the candidates and to review comments from the public forums.
“I’m very pleased with the process,” said CSI Board Chair Dr. Thad Scholes. “We received many highly qualified applicants, the committee provided the board with three exceptional finalists, and the board has done its job of selecting the best person for the position. We achieved all this within the time frame we established at the beginning of the process, as well.”