Executive Vice President and Provost
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.
Dr. Kent Tingey
Vice President for University Advancement
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.
Rex W. Force
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.
Cornelis J. Van der Schyf
Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate School
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.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Lyn Redington joined Idaho State University in May 2018 as the Vice President for Student Affairs. In this role, she oversees the Career Center, University Housing, Disability Services, Counseling & Testing Center, Student Life, and the Student Unions. The Union operations include the University Bookstore, Outdoor Adventure Center, and Student Involvement and Orientation.
Redington is active as a presenter and trainer on topics of student success, leadership, transition, change management, cross-functional partnerships, and parents and families. She has served as an adjunct assistant professor, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in student affairs.
Prior to joining ISU, Redington worked at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, Indiana University, the University of Arizona, the University of Northern Iowa, and the University of Iowa.
Redington earned her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Iowa State University.
Interim Chief Financial Officer
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.
Chief of Staff
- Institutional priorities
- The status of key projects and initiatives
- Mission, vision, and values at ISU
- Employee engagement
Dani Dunstan joined Idaho State University as chief of staff to the president in August of 2018. Dani has a passion for the mission of higher education. In her role as chief of staff, Dani develops strategy, programs, and initiatives that serve student needs and further the mission of education in Idaho. Dani brings a strength-based leadership approach aimed at employee growth and engagement at all levels of the university. In this role, Dani is responsible for the execution of the President’s agenda and high-level priorities. This is accomplished by maintaining an inventory of all critical path projects and resolving issues that could impact the execution of initiatives. Dani participates in institutional planning, policy development, and problem resolution. She also acts as an emissary and liaison to the campus community on behalf of the President.
Prior to joining Idaho State University Dani served as the director of campus operations at Boise State University and the executive assistant to the chief operating officer. Before joining Boise State, Dani served as the Community Relations Coordinator for Idaho's Dairy Products Commission managing community outreach programs and executing marketing and communications initiatives.
Dani holds a master's degree in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, and traveling.
Dean of the College of Arts and Letters
Dean Kandi Turley-Ames earned her Ph.D. in psychology with an emphasis in cognition and memory in 1996 from Washington State University. She has been a member of the Department of Psychology since 1997 and has subsequently served the University in numerous leadership positions.
She was appointed Chairperson of Psychology from 2003 to 2009. She served as the Interim Assistant Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences in 2007-2008 and as an Associate Vice President in Academic Affairs in 2009-2010. She became the founding dean of the College in 2010.
During the 2006-2007 academic year, Turley-Ames was named Distinguished Teacher at ISU. She was acknowledged as a Master Teacher at ISU in 2001-2002 and 2005-2006.
Turley-Ames is also a graduate of the Higher Education Resource Service (HERS) for women in higher education administration, and was a nominee for the US Professors of the Year Award in 2007-2008.
Interim Dean of the College of Pharmacy
Dr. Christopher Owens is currently Interim Dean for the College of Pharmacy at Idaho State University, a position he has held since August 2018. In this capacity he works with the Vice President for Health Sciences to oversee the 20+ health programs housed in the College of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, School of Health Professions, School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences, and the Office of Medical and Oral Health. He also maintains his position as an associate professor of pharmacy practice with the College of Pharmacy where he provides clinical and professional instruction.
Dr. Owens served in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a hospital corpsman and was honorably discharged in March of 1999. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in German with a minor in Philosophy at Utah State University in 1998. During his undergraduate studies he worked as a pharmacy technician at Shopko Pharmacy in Logan and developed an interest in studying Pharmacy. He graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from Idaho State University in 2002. He then completed a specialty pharmacy residency at the Southeast Idaho Veterans Affairs (VA) Outpatient Clinic and became a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist. He has practiced as a pharmacist in both the community retail setting and also in the capacity of clinical pharmacist at the Health West Pocatello Clinic from 2003 to 2012. As a clinical pharmacist, he assisted in the management of patients on anticoagulation therapy and provided diabetes education and counseling for patients, as well as drug information and other related clinical services to providers and nursing staff.
He was the clinical coordinator for the Idaho Drug Utilization Review (DUR) program from 2003 to 2007, which conducted quarterly educational interventions with the goal of improving patient care and reducing overall healthcare costs in the State of Idaho. During that time, he and other faculty at the College of Pharmacy collected and analyzed medication use and pharmacy fill data for the Idaho Medicaid Pharmacy Program and provided input to the State’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) committee during medication class reviews and preferred drug list (PDL) discussions.
Dr. Owens is the author of ten peer-reviewed publications that have appeared in journals including Annals of Pharmacotherapy, the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, Clinical Therapeutics, and the American Journal of Medicine. He has also authored over two dozen abstracts at local, state, and national pharmacy meetings and several other articles and commentaries in Idaho Medicaid newsletters.
He earned his Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree in May of 2013 at Idaho State University. His teaching and research interests range from professionalism and medical ethics to evidence-based complementary and integrative medicine and he gives lectures on a variety of clinical topics throughout the pharmacy and physician assistant professional curricula -- including in areas of pain management, endocrine disorders, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and appropriate drug therapy for the elderly. He has been named Teacher of the Year for the College of Pharmacy several times and was nominated for ISU Distinguished Teacher in 2016. He is a regular presenter at local and state meetings. Nationally, he is a member and has served as President of the Pharmacy Ethics Special Interest Group as part of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).
Kathleen A. Kangas
Dean of the College of Rehabilitation and Communications Sciences
Dean for Idaho Falls and Vice Provost for Academic Outreach
Joanne Hirase-Stacey, JD
General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer
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.
Chief Information Officer
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 A. Eakins
Chief Security Officer/Director of Public Safety
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.
Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Stuart Summers is a proud graduate of Idaho State University and excited to be working at his alma mater.
Prior to assuming his role as Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications, Stuart worked at the ISU College of Technology for four years as the Director of Marketing and Recruitment. He chaired the ISU Social Media Committee and was a co-organizer for the Ultimate Bengal promotion. Ultimate Bengal went on to receive national recognition for its revolutionary use of social media in marketing higher education.
Originally from Idaho Falls, Stuart graduated from ISU with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a minor in Mass Communication. He spent four years at KPVI-TV News 6, where he was a morning show anchor and reporter. During that time, Stuart was recognized as "Idaho's Up and Coming Journalist of the Year" by the Idaho Press Club.
While a student at ISU, Stuart spent two years living in Mongolia as a volunteer English teacher. In addition to being a certified ESL instructor, he also speaks Mongolian fluently and enjoys making return trips to Asia. In his spare time, Stuart enjoys traveling, mountain biking, eating sushi and playing tennis.
Director of Government Relations
Kent hails from Pocatello, ID. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Idaho State University prior to beginning a career with Union Pacific Railroad, which lasted until his 2005 retirement. After years of local political activity, Kent was elected to the Idaho State House of Representatives in 1996. He served three terms in the House of Representatives and was Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee from 1999 to 2002. Kent has worked as Legislative Director for Governor Kempthorne from 2003 to 2006. In 2006 Kent was appointed Director of Government Relations for Idaho State University with offices in Boise. Kent and his wife Kitty now reside in Boise and have been married for 44 years. They are the parents of four grown children and have sixteen grandchildren.
Director of Equal Opportunity
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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Shereen Ainsworth joined Idaho State University as Executive Assistant to the president in June of 2016.
Prior to joining Idaho State University Shereen worked as the Executive Assistant and HR Specialist for Platypus Technologies. Before joining Platypus Technologies, Shereen spent many years as the Scheduler and Office Manager for Speaker Paul Ryan.
Shereen is a master's degree candidate in Public Administration and has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. In her spare time, she enjoys camping with the family, reading, learning new things, and exploring Idaho and the surrounding states.