Kevin D. Satterlee became Idaho State University’s 13th president in June 2018. Kevin is a native Idahoan from Priest River, Idaho. He has served Idaho’s higher education system for over 20 years. Kevin has a passion for watching students transform their lives through their educational experiences. His favorite day of work for the last 20 years has always been the first day of school. Watching students begin a new year, with fresh hopes and the excitement for new opportunities, has never ceased to move and motivate Kevin.
Upon assuming the presidency, Kevin committed to faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the University to always listen, be transparent and lead inclusively. As a natural problem-solver, the challenges facing Idaho State University, and higher education in general, do not phase Kevin. Rather, these challenges give Kevin the motivation and determination he needs to face them head-on.
Idaho State University’s strengths are evident. As Idaho’s leader in health science education, a strong partner of Idaho’s National Laboratory, and a university where faculty and staff always put students first, there is an amazing story to tell. Kevin has been privileged to help share these stories with state leadership, community members and future students. One of his top priorities as president is to continue to build on and celebrate ISU’s strengths, traditions and community culture.
In the next 10 years, Kevin aims to lead Idaho State University to greater heights by maximizing the strengths of the institution, building strong and lasting relationships between the University and its constituents, and helping to remove barriers to success. The future of Idaho State University is bright with the talent and passion of the Bengal family. Kevin could not be more proud to be a Bengal.
Prior to his arrival, Kevin served 17 years at Boise State University in a variety of leadership positions, most recently Chief Operating Officer, Vice President and Special Counsel to the President. Kevin led the Campus Operations of Boise State in addition to serving as a key executive leader responsible for collaboratively steering the overall direction of the university. Before that, Kevin was a deputy attorney general in the Idaho Attorney General’s Office for six years. During much of this period he served as chief legal officer to the Idaho State Board of Education.
Kevin received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Boise State University (magna cum laude) and was named a Top Ten Scholar of the University. He received his law degree from the University of Idaho (magna cum laude).
Kevin and his wife Margaret, both multi-generational Idaho natives, have three children. They enjoy jet-skiing, fishing, baking and spending as much time as possible with friends and family.