As part of the ongoing national search for Idaho State University’s 13th president, the Idaho State Board of Education is pleased to announce that five finalists have been invited to campus between February 22 and March 13.
Listed in alphabetical order, the finalists are:
Ricardo Azziz, MD
Chief Officer Academic Health and Hospital Affairs
The State University of New York (SUNY) System Administration
Ricardo Azziz serves as Chief Officer, Academic Health & Hospital Affairs at the State University of New York (SUNY) System Administration, as faculty at the University at Albany-SUNY, UCLA, Augusta University, and the Albany Medical College, and as a senior fellow at the Pullias Center for Higher Education, Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. Previously, he was the founding president of Georgia Regents University and president of Georgia Health Sciences University. He also served on the Board of Trustees, the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools-Commission for Colleges. Dr. Azziz was also founding CEO of the Georgia Regents Health System. At UCLA, he also served as Assistant Dean for Clinical and Translational Sciences, School of Medicine. He holds a bachelor’s from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, an M.D. from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, and an MPH and an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Robert Marley, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Dr. Robert Marley currently serves as the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and is a Professor in the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department.
Marley began his professional career as a rehabilitation engineering analyst at the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation where he helped design adaptive technologies for severely disabled adults. He pursued research questions in ergonomics and human factors engineering challenges related to cumulative trauma disorders.
Marley joined Montana State University in 1990 in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, and went on to hold positions as Associate Dean, and then Dean of the College of Engineering at MSU, and later as Interim Vice President of Student Success. In 2012, Marley was selected to join the prestigious ACE Fellows Program for leadership development, serving at Texas A&M University.
In his leadership roles, Marley has led numerous initiatives to increase student and faculty success. Results include enrollment growth, increases in research, new programs and facilities, as well as prominent national and international awards for students and faculty. He has also helped secure approximately $114 Million in new private, State and Federal support for various programs and facilities.
Marley holds a BS in General Studies as well as an MS and PhD in Industrial Engineering from Wichita State University. He and his wife, Margaret, who holds a BS in Microbiology, reside in Rolla, Missouri, where they enjoy many outdoor activities.
Kevin Satterlee, JD
Chief Operating Officer, Vice President, and Special Counsel
Boise State University
Kevin was named a Vice President at Boise State University in 2010 and promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2015. Kevin’s leadership at the University focuses on a student-centric mission with three themes: empathy for the needs of the students, attention to detail, and demonstrating quality through work product.
Because of his unique relationships and historical knowledge, Kevin also serves as Special Counsel to the President on issues related to the State Board of Education, legislative and policy issues, athletic department issues, and institutional compliance.
He previously served in a variety of positions at Boise State University dating back to 2001. Prior to that, Kevin was a Deputy Attorney General in the Idaho Attorney General’s Office for six years. While there he was lead counsel to the State Board of Education, State Board of Pharmacy, State Board of Nursing and the State Liquor Dispensary.
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).
Charles “Chuck” Wight, PhD
Weber State University
Charles A. Wight, the 12th president of Weber State University, is a distinguished scholar and
academic leader with more than three decades of experience in higher education.
Among his accomplishments are the signing of a College Town charter with Ogden City and
leading the university during the public phase of its Dream 125 comprehensive fundraising
campaign that raised more than $164M in support for the university. Under Wight’s guidance,
the university expanded eligibility for its Dream Weber program, which provides up to eight
semesters of full tuition and fees for eligible low-income students. During Wight’s administration,
Weber State established a $3M Presidential Outstanding Teaching Endowment to support
faculty teaching grants and awards.
Prior to his appointment at Weber State, Wight served three years as dean of the Graduate
School at the University of Utah, where he also served in other administrative and faculty roles
since 1984. A physical chemist, he researches the chemistry of explosives and rocket
propellants. He is the co-author of more than 160 peer-reviewed publications, three patent
filings and two books. Wight was named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and was
designated a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a
member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Wight received the University of Utah’s 1985
Outstanding Teaching Award in Chemistry from students and has also received the R.W. Parry
Teaching Award in Chemistry.
Wight is married to Victoria Rasmussen and is the father of three adult daughters. In his free
time, he enjoys golf, flyfishing, and serving as a volunteer command pilot for Angel Flight West,
a nonprofit charity providing free non-emergency medical transportation for patients with
Laura Woodworth-Ney, PhD
Executive Vice President and Provost
Idaho State University
Laura Woodworth-Ney is Executive Vice President and Provost at Idaho State University. The Executive Vice President and Provost oversees the day-to-day operations of the university, and provides leadership for the Academic Affairs Division, which includes the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences; all of the academic colleges and programs; ISU’s campus sites in Meridian, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls; the Enrollment Management Division; and the Student Success Center. Woodworth-Ney was appointed ISU’s first Executive Vice President in 2016, and has served as Provost and Chief Academic Officer since 2013.
Woodworth-Ney’s former administrative appointments include Chair of the Department of History, Director of Women Studies, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. Woodworth-Ney is a graduate of the Bryn Mawr HERS Institute for higher education leaders, a member of the Academic Forum for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, and a member of the Idaho State Board of Education’s Complete College Idaho Committee. A scholar of history and the humanities, Woodworth-Ney has authored more than 30 articles, book reviews, and scholarly essays, as well as three books (one co-authored). An award-winning editor, she is the former editor-in-chief of Idaho Yesterdays, the state historical society’s scholarly journal; the founding editor of the Women’s Western Voices book series at the University of Arizona Press; and has served on the editorial board for the Pacific Northwest Quarterly. Woodworth-Ney is currently writing a history of the culture of the irrigation movement in the arid North American West. She has been a member of historical commissions in Texas, Missouri, and Idaho, and serves on the board of directors for the State of Idaho Historical Sites Review Board. Woodworth-Ney has recently participated in projects sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Idaho State Historical Society, and Idaho Public Television.
Woodworth-Ney earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Idaho, and a MA and PhD in History from Washington State University. Woodworth-Ney is the fourth-generation descendant of Idaho and Washington pioneers, and lives in Pocatello, Idaho.