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Jenn Forshee

Jenn Forshee

Chief of Staff

 (208) 282-2566



  • State Board Education items
  • Status of project charters and presidential assignments
  • Institutional priorities
  • The status of key projects and initiatives
  • Mission, vision, and values at ISU

Jenn has a passion for the mission of higher education. In her role as Chief of Staff, Jenn develops strategy, programs, and initiatives that serve student needs and further the mission of education in Idaho. In this role, Jenn 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. Jenn 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.

In her spare time, Jenn enjoys hiking, climbing, mountain biking, and reading. Jenn is a proud alumna of Idaho State and has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Public Administration. 

Ryan Sargent

Associate Vice President for Government and Community Relations and Special Assistant to the President

 (208) 282-3307



  • Legislative advocacy and communications to federal, state, or local governments
  • Higher education policy and politics
  • Cultivating and maintaining relationships with elected officials, government agencies, and other key stakeholders

Ryan Sargent focuses on strengthening ISU's relationships with policymakers and enhancing community engagement. Ryan's path at ISU has been marked by progressive leadership, previously serving as the Executive Director of the ISU Alumni Association while holding other key positions within University Advancement, where he was instrumental in crafting strategies that significantly advanced ISU’s strategic goals and reinforced its core mission.

Before joining ISU, Ryan was a practicing attorney, which equipped him with valuable skills in advocacy and policy analysis. He holds a degree in Political Science from ISU and served as the president of the Associated Students of ISU (ASISU).

Ryan’s passion for Idaho State University ignited at age nine during a thrilling ISU comeback win over BSU. Ever since, he’s been a dedicated supporter, attending nearly every home game. Attending ISU was a transformative experience for Ryan, setting him on a path for success.

Ryan and his wife Brandi, who works at Portneuf Medical Center, value public institutions and actively contribute to their missions. He serves on the Idaho Food Bank board and in his church. He cherishes time spent with Brandi and their daughters, who have yet to miss a home football game.

Heidi Berry

Executive Assistant

 (208) 282-3310



  • Calendar Choreography
  • President and Chief of Staff Scheduling
  • Presidential event protocol
  • Presidential Communications

Heidi Berry joined the President's Office in January of 2024 as the Interim Executive Assistant. She became the permanent Executive Assistant in March of 2024. In her role, Heidi provides administrative support for the President and Chief of Staff.

In prior positions at ISU, Heidi has worked in Marketing and Communications, as well as University Policy. She is passionate about the impact that education can have in people's lives and believes that knowledge and curiosity is central to a purposeful life.

She has valuable experience working in other public sector institutions, including public libraries. She holds a bachelor's degree in history, with a minor in business management. Heidi is originally from Haines, Alaska and enjoys spending time with her husband, Ian, and her son, Henry.

Libby Howe

Libby Howe

University Policy Manager

 (208) 282-2930



  • Policy process
  • Status of policies in development or under revision
  • Current policies in need of updating
  • Development of new policies 

Libby Howe serves as the University Policy Manager and is responsible for the management and maintenance of the University’s official policies and procedures. Libby is tasked with representing competing points of view on policies to the Administrative Council on behalf of all university constituency groups. She brings a transparent, open and empathetic approach to the policy process and focuses on mission in all policy development efforts.

Libby joined Idaho State University in 2001 and has served in a variety of positions in the Office of Marketing and Communications (formerly University Relations). Her previous experience as the Director of University Relations brings valuable insight to the policy-making process, providing historical context for the operational processes and decisions that have been made at ISU over the last two decades. Prior to her time at ISU, Libby held positions as a television news journalist in Idaho Falls and Pocatello.

In her spare time, Libby enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is the mother of three, including a set of twins! She is an avid reader, and enjoys cooking and entertaining.

Morgan White

Morgan White

Administrative Assistant

 (208) 282- 3442


 Administration 264

  • President's Office Operations
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Morgan joined Idaho State University as a student office assistant in 2021 during her freshman year. Morgan now serves as an Administrative Assistant II for the Office of the President and Marketing and Communications. In this role she is responsible for providing high-level administrative support and customer service. 

Morgan is currently working on her Bachelors degree in Digital Media here at Idaho State University. Morgan's interest in this field stems from her passion within the arts.

Throughout her life, Morgan has lived in many states including Oregon, South Dakota, and Idaho. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, baking and spending time with her family.