CSI Begins Search For New President


By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Big changes are on the horizon at the College of Southern Idaho. The school is currently in the process of looking for a new president. The vacancy comes after President Jerry Beck stepped down the first of July. Dr. Beck became the president eight years ago.

The College of Southern Idaho is teaming up with the Association of Community College Trustees to find a new president for CSI.

Dr. Allan Frost, Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, says, "They have a process which emphasizes transparency to the public, and to the staff and faculty at the College of Southern Idaho."

Dr. Pamila Fisher, Search Consultant with the the Association of Community College Trustees, says, "Specifically to get input from the campus and community about what they'd like to see in their new president. What kind of characteristics and qualities they'd like him to have. And also to talk about the challenges and opportunities the college is facing in the next three to five years."

The Association has helped over 300 colleges find presidents to lead them. Dr. Pamila Fisher personally helped make more than 30 of those connections.

Fisher says, “Since my job is recruitment, I'll also be asking them what I should tell people about why they should want to come to College of Southern Idaho.”

CSI will hammer out a job description in the next week, and they'll advertise in magazines across the country. The search committee will interview seven or eight candidates in September. And the board of trustees will make the final decision on the new president shortly after that.

Frost says, "We hope to have an announcement of a new president by the end of October, with that new president taking office at some point after that."

Dr. Jerry Beck officially retires December 31st as president of the college. CSI will also have a website to keep us updated on their search.

July 11, 2013.

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