President's Cabinet

Laura Woodworth-Ney

Dr. Laura Woodworth-Ney

Executive Vice President and Provost

Office: Admin 264, President's Suite 921 S. 8th Ave,Stop 8063 Pocatello ID, 83209-8063

(208) 282-2171

(208) 282-4487

Laura Woodworth-Ney was named Idaho State University's Executive Vice President and Provost August 14, 2016.  Previously, she served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs since June 24, 2013, and as ISU’s Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for three years before that.

As the Executive Vice President and Provost (EVPP) she is the Chief Academic Officer of the University. The EVPP has oversight over units that directly impact instructional, academic and research programs. This would include the following administrative units: (1) outreach campuses/centers; (2) student affairs; (3) research, (4) finance and administration; (6) libraries; and (7) divisions, institutes, centers, and colleges. In addition, the EVPP develops and assures compliance with administrative directives that support the mission of the University.

Woodworth-Ney is nationally active on topics related to higher education and access, and is Idaho's representative on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education's Academic Forum.  She chairs ISU’s Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment Council and is responsible for ISU’s regional accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Woodworth-Ney's former administrative appointments at ISU include chair of the Department of History and co-director of Women Studies. She also served on the ISU Faculty Senate, both as a senator and as an elected member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. Woodworth-Ney, who has been at ISU since 1999, has authored more than 30 articles, book reviews, and scholarly essays, as well as three books (several co-authored).

Woodworth-Ney earned a bachelor degree in English from the University of Idaho, and a Ph.D. in American History and Public History from Washington State University.

Woodworth-Ney, a native of Rupert, is a fourth-generation Idahoan.

Tingey Kent

Dr. Kent Tingey

Vice President for University Advancement

Office: Administration 264, President's Suite 921 S. 8th Ave, Stop 8024 Pocatello ID, 83

(208) 282-3198

Dr. Kent Tingey is vice president for university advancement.  He is responsible for the advancement of the University through public and government relations, marketing and communications, development, the Idaho State University Foundation, and alumni relations. Under his direction the University raised $152.5 million in its first-ever capital campaign.  Dr. Tingey has been with ISU for 26 years. Prior to that, he served as the Executive Assistant to U.S. Congressman Wayne Owens in Washington D.C.

Dr. Cornelis J. Van der Schyf

Dr. Cornelis J. Van der Schyf

Vice President for Research

Office: Administration Building 264 921 S. 8th Ave, Stop 8130 Pocatello ID, 83209-8130

(208) 282-3134

Neels Van der Schyf earned his BPharm, MSc, DSc (PhD), and DTE degrees from North-West University (NWU, formerly Potchefstroom University) in South Africa, and spent 1986-7 as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Connecticut and at the National Magnet Lab at MIT, Cambridge, MA.

Before joining Idaho State University in May 2013 as Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Van der Schyf was Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, Founding Chair and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy, and Professor of Neurobiology in the College of Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). At NEOMED he played a pivotal role in the establishment of the College of Pharmacy and was the primary author/architect in creating and establishing NEOMED's graduate program in Integrated Pharmaceutical Medicine (IPM) and in the creation of the College of Graduate Studies. He was also intimately involved with the planning and design of the new Research and Graduate Education (RGE) Building, a $42 million campus expansion focused on graduate research and education.

As of February 2015, he has published 116 peer-reviewed research and review articles, 205 abstracts and presentations - many of these as invited keynote speaker; 10 book chapters, several reports to industry, and numerous journal editorials. He holds 14 patents. He is the Editor-in- Chief of the Journal of Biophysical Chemistry and is or has been a member of the editorial advisory boards for an additional 11 international research journals and an invited guest editor for one. The impact of his research is reflected by his work receiving more than 2,400 peer citations in the literature. He has an h-index of 30 and an i10 index of 66.

Van der Schyf served as visiting professor in Australia (University of Queensland, Brisbane), Belgium (FUNDP, Namur), USA (Virginia Tech), and currently as Emeritus Extraordinary Professor at Northwest University (South Africa), and has extensive international experience. In addition to serving or having served (since 2002) as a chartered and ad hoc member on several NIH Study Sections and many other national and international research granting agencies (including the UK, Portugal, South Africa and the Russian Federation), he is a member of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society and Sigma Xi, and has received several teaching and research honors, including "Teacher of the Year" and "Most Cited Paper" awards, the APSSA Upjohn Achievement Award and South Africa's highest honor in drug discovery research, the FARMOVS Prize for Pharmacology and Drug Development.

Van der Schyf is also the recipient of the 2010 Olson/Blair Award for Administrative Excellence. He has been the major advisor for more than 20 graduate students since 1985 (11 PhDs, remainder MS degrees) and served on the graduate committees of more than 30 additional graduate students. He is an avid marathon runner.

Terrell Patricia

Dr. Patricia Smith Terrell

Vice President for Student Affairs

Office: Hypostyle 284 921 S. 8th Ave, Stop 8123 Pocatello ID, 83209-8123

(208) 282-2315

(208) 282-3719

Dr. Patricia Smith Terrell was appointed Vice President for Student Affairs in July 2011. She is responsible for co-curricular services, activities and programs that enhance the quality of student life, facilitate and advance learning, and contribute to the University's mission to develop global citizens who provide leadership to enrich a diverse society. She previously served as the chief student affairs officer at the University of Kentucky and Utah State University and in student affairs administrative roles at Southern Methodist University and the University of Louisville.

Rex Force

Rex W. Force, Pharm.D.

Vice President for Health Sciences


Rex W. Force, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP is Vice President for Health Science at ISU. Previously he served as Associate Dean for Clinical Research in the Division of Health Sciences at ISU and holds a tenured professorship in the Department of Family Medicine while directing the research in that department. He is also Professor of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Force earned his B.S. in Pharmacy from Oregon State University and his Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from the University of Texas and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, after which he completed a two-year clinical research fellowship at Ohio State University. He is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist, a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and has an additional certification in health care quality improvement.

Dr. Force has been instrumental in developing the telepharmacy program at ISU which provides much-needed access to medications to rural Idahoans in Butte and Custer Counties. Heavily involved in clinical research, he is currently a Board Trustee of the Research Institute of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and a member of the Steering Committee of the WWAMI-region Practice and Research Network. In addition, he serves as the ISU liaison to the Mountain West Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network, a 7-state, 11-institution consortium designed to improve health research in the western US. Dr. Force has authored over 50 professional and research publications, presented over 100 research papers or abstracts, and speaks regularly at professional meetings. With a focus on pharmacotherapy, evidence-based medicine, medication safety, and rural health service delivery, Dr. Force and his collaborators have received grants and contracts in excess of $5.5 million while at ISU. Dr. Force has been on the faculty at Idaho State University since 1993 and has received honors and awards for his research, teaching and professional service.

Brian Hickenlooper

Brian Hickenlooper

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Office: 921 S. 8th Ave. Administration Building No. 10, Suite 229

(208) 282-3540

Brian Hickenlooper was appointed as the interim Chief Financial Officer for Idaho State University in August of 2016. He is responsible for the financial service areas of the University. Brian’s initial position at ISU was that of the University Business Officer for the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences and later promoted as an Assistant Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Prior to coming to ISU he had a 27 year career with Intermountain Health Care starting at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah where he worked in hospital reimbursement and budgeting. Later he transferred to Burley, Idaho as the Chief Financial Officer and took an opportunity to be part of the administrative team building the new Cassia Regional Medical Center. During his 18 year tenure at Cassia Regional Medical Center, a Dartmouth Atlas Project reported the hospital having the lowest costs in the United States for traditional Medicare patients during the last two years of their lives.

Hickenlooper earned a Bachelor degree in Finance from Brigham Young University and holds a MBA in Health Care Administration.

Joanne Hirase-Stacey, JD

Joanne Hirase-Stacey, JD

General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer

Office: 921 So. 8th Ave., Stop 8410, Pocatello, ID 83209

(208) 282-3924

Joanne Hirase-Stacey is General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Risk Manager, as well as an adjunct professor in the College of Business. The Office of General Counsel has responsibility for: reviewing, drafting, and negotiating contracts and Affiliation Agreements; compliance with laws, regulations, and policies; oversight of University policies and procedures; workers’ compensation and insurance claims and management; activity waivers; and litigation management. Also reporting to the office are Public Safety, Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Diversity, Athletic Compliance, the Director of Research Contracts, and the Director of Technology Commercialization.

Before coming to ISU, she was corporate counsel for Hoku Corporation, ON Semiconductor, and State Farm Fire & Casualty Company.

Joanne earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and her Juris Doctor from the University of Utah. She is now proud to call herself a Bengal.


Gaines Randy

Randy Gaines

Chief Information Officer

Office: Information Technology Services (ITS) Business Administration B24 921 S 8th Ave

(208) 282-2873

Randy Gaines has served as Chief Information Officer since 2004, but has worked at ISU for almost 25 years. Randy initially came to ISU to help start the University's video distance Learning program and later served as Media Center Manager before becoming CIO. Outside of Information Technology Randy has helped teach Freshman Seminar while at ISU, and is currently serving as an I Love ISU Team Captain. Randy also serves on ISU's Accreditation Steering committee. Prior to coming to ISU Randy served as Pocatello Bureau Chief for KIFI TV news and worked for KIFI TV's Idaho Video.

Lewis Eakins

Lewis A. Eakins, Ph.D.

Chief Security Officer/Director of Public Safety

Office: Public Safety 625 E. Humbolt, Stop 8140 Pocatello, ID 83201-8140

(208) 282-2832

Director Eakins has led the Department of Public Safety since 2015 with overall responsibilities for patrol operations, the dispatch center, parking enforcement, CCTV systems, Bengal card, and emergency management. Prior to joining Idaho State University, Director Eakins served as the Chief of Police at Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL; as a Captain with the METRO Transit Police in Houston, TX; and as the Assistant Chief of Police at Texas Southern University, also in Houston, TX.

Director Eakins is board certified (CPP) in Security Management by ASIS International, as well as being certified by FEMA as a Professional Continuity Practitioner (PCP). He has attended numerous law enforcement and emergency management training courses and recently graduated from FEMA’s National Emergency Management Executive Academy Cohort II. Director Eakins has held leadership positions at the state and national levels in security, law enforcement, and emergency management trade associations. He has presented nationally and internationally at conferences on the topics of workplace violence, disaster preparedness, active shooter survival, and leadership. He has undergraduate degrees in Police Science and Criminal Justice; a M.S. degree in Security Management; and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Homeland Security Policy and Coordination. Director Eakins’ research interests are in academic continuity and public safety leadership.

Paul Watkins

Paul R. Watkins, Ph.D.

Faculty Senate Co-Chair Professor Higher Education Leadership School Psychology & Educational Leadership

Office: College of Education 921 S. 8th Avenue, Stop 8380 Pocatello, ID 83209


Dr. Paul Watkins is a professor working with doctoral students in Higher Education Leadership in the College of Education at ISU. He has served two years on the ISU faculty senate and now is co-chair of the senate for 2016-2017. Prior to joining ISU in 2013, he served as a consultant related to innovation in higher education, chief academic officer and vice president of academic affairs, dean of two different colleges, associate dean, director of a PhD program, and founding director of an interdisciplinary advanced technologies in information systems program. His background in accreditation and accountability in higher education has been broad and intensive. He has an extensive peer reviewed academic publication and presentation record and has made numerous presentations to professional societies and organizations. Additionally, he has been a consultant to a number of top level global companies and served on a United Nations sub-committee with members of the Brookings Institute dealing with issues related to transnational border flows. He earned tenure at the University of Southern California and received a number of awards and recognition for his scholarship, research grants, and service to the university and community

David Blakeman

David Blakeman

Faculty Senate Co-Chair Assistant Professor, Respiratory Therapy

Office: College of Technology

208-282- 3653

David Blakeman RRT, MTD, has been with ISU, College of Technology, working as the director of the Respiratory Care program since 2009. Presently, David is serving as co-chair to the Faculty Senate and has served on various committees, councils and boards; the Undergraduate Curriculum Council two years as the Chair; the Academic Appeals Board and Scholastic Appeals Board; College of Technology Scholarship committee; and Faculty Senate. Additionally, David has been active in his medical profession of respiratory therapy serving as the president of the Idaho State Society for Respiratory Care and presently as a member of the Idaho State Board of Medicine and chair of the respiratory practice act revision committee. David is actively pursuing a PhD in Instructional Design.

Dr. James Yizar

Dr. James H. Yizar Jr

Associate Director Student Success Center/Assistant Athletics, Director for Student Success

Office: 921 S 8th Ave Stop 8137 Pocatello, ID 83209

(208) 282-3662

Dr. James H. Yizar Jr. is the Associate Director for the Student Success Center/Assistant Athletic Director for Student Success at Idaho State. He is responsible for providing academic and cultural services regarding diversity, gender and student-athlete well-being issues throughout the University campus. He is responsible for coordinating orientation programs for student athletes and addressing barriers that impact retention and inclusion opportunities for at-risk student Athletes.

Dr. Yizar has has been involved with many ISU campus-wide projects, such as: co-chair of Administration Standards Committee for university accreditation; steering committee member and Diversity sub-committee chair for NCAA Athletics Certification, Athletic Compliance Committee, and Big Sky Conference Tournament Director for Softball and Volleyball. He has served as Associate Dean of Students, TRiO Director, New Student Orientation Director, Interim Housing Director, and Diversity Resource Center Director.

Dr. Yizar serves on many university and community boards, such as: Kasiska School of Health Professions-Department of Counseling Advisory Board; Minority Advisory Board, and Centennial Rotary Executive Committee. He is past president of the local branch of the NAACP, Centennial Rotary Club, and Access for Idaho. He currently is serving as an Ombuds contact for staff members at the university.

Makayla Muir

Makayla Muir

Student Body President

Office: 1065 S 8th Ave, Room 215

(208) 282-3885

Makayla is a third year student at ISU, double majoring in Political Science and Civil Engineering. She served as a Senator for the College of Arts and Letters for one year before running for ASISU President. In addition to ASISU, Makayla is involved in Greek Life, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Political Science Club.

Jeff Tingey

Mr. Jeff Tingey

Athletic Director

Office: Holt Arena, P.O Box 8173 550 Memorial Drive Pocatello ID, 83209-8317

(208) 282-4064

Jeff Tingey became Athletics Director in July 2009 after serving as Interim Athletic Director and as the Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Corporate Sales. Tingey oversees all aspects of Idaho State's 15-sport athletic program.

Prior to ISU, Tingey spent almost two years at Brigham Young University, where he handled the marketing profile for football, coordinating game-day presentation, scripts, and pre and post-game activities for the football team as well as marketing coverage for 13 other sports. Tingey also coordinated many athletic department special events and trade accounts.

Tingey graduated from Weber State University, where he ran track from 2000-2002. He also served as Weber State's Assistant Marketing Director.

Tingey is a Pocatello native, having lettered in track and football at Highland High School. He attended Ricks College where he played football and ran track before serving a two-year LDS mission to Fresno, Calif. He and his wife, Amber, have two sons, Ammon and Kellan, and one daughter, Burklee.

Kebai Bills

Kebai Bills

Alumni Board President 2015

Kebai grew up in Southeast Idaho enjoying the outdoors with her family and has been involved with ISU for the last 18 years in various capacities. She graduated from ISU with her Bachelor’s degree and went on to earn her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies all as a Bengal. As an undergrad she worked in two different biological sciences laboratories conducting research. Both projects (one in biochemistry involving second messenger systems in amoeba and one in genetics involving evolution and movements of mammals across Beringia) were accepted for publication and presented at universities in Kentucky, California, Alaska, and Idaho State University. As a Physician Assistant she has specialized in psychiatry and currently works in a local private practice. She has remained active in the Bengal community by precepting PA students in her practice and teaching the Psychiatry Module within the ISU’s PA Program.

Ms. Bills and her husband, also a Bengal Alum, are busy raising two future Bengals. They all enjoy much of what Pocatello has to offer, and spend much of their spare time in the Idaho backcountry.

Stacey Gibson

Stacey Gibson

Director of Equal Opportunity

Office: Affirmative Action & Diversity 921 S 8th Ave., Stop 8315

(208) 282-3973

Stacey Gibson, MPA, CAAP has been at ISU since 2006, most recently appointed as the Director of Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Diversity in 2012. Ms. Gibson oversees ISU’s civil rights, EEO and diversity initiatives in addition to programming and education at the Diversity Resource Center and the Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center. Ms. Gibson also serves as ISU’s Title IX administrator and is responsible for all civil rights investigations. An Idaho native, Ms. Gibson spent 14 years prior to coming to ISU in the heavy equipment and automobile industries.


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