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Search Committee

The Idaho State Board of Education has selected the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) to assist with search process. Additionally, 13 members of the ISU community have agreed to serve on the presidential search committee.

Richard Westerberg

(Chair), Idaho State Board of Education

Richard Westerberg was appointed to the Idaho State Board of Education in 2007. He is a retired officer of PacifiCorp. Westerberg was also an officer in the U.S. Army and served 12 years on the Preston School District Board of Trustees.

Emma Atchley

Idaho State Board of Education

Emma Atchley is a Boise native with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree from Claremont Graduate School in California. She serves on a number of boards, including the Teton Regional Land Trust and Bank of Idaho. Atchley taught at North Fremont High School in Ashton, and was a trustee in the Fremont County Joint School District.

Kebai Bills

Kebai Bills

Alumni Representative

Kebai Bills is a board certified physician assistant who earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2002 and her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies in 2004. Bills recently concluded her term as president of the ISU Alumni Association in September. She continues her service as a member of the alumni board through Homecoming 2018.

Judith Crews

Judith Crews

ISU-Meridian Faculty Representative

Judith Crews is a resident faculty member for the Department of Counseling at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center. Her areas of specialty include couple, family and mental health counseling. Prior to joining ISU, Crews worked in both private practice and in a community-counseling agency. Crews holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Dirk Driscoll

ISU Foundation Representative

Dirk Driscoll is a member of the ISU Foundation Board of Directors. He is the managing partner of Driscoll Brothers Partnership, a farming operation of more than 20,000 acres of potatoes, wheat, sugar beets and corn. Driscoll also owns and operates a trucking company, heavy equipment repair and service center, a wholesale and retail fuel company, grain elevator and bakery. Driscoll previously served on the Bingham County Planning and Zoning Commission, the executive board of the Grand Teton Council of the Boy Scouts of America and as president of the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce.

Lewis Eakins

Lewis Eakins

ISU Non-Instructional Staff Representative

Lewis Eakins joined ISU as the director of Public Safety in 2015. Eakins has more than 35 years experience in security and law enforcement, including service at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. Eakins holds a Ph.D. in public policy and administration with a concentration in security policy and coordination from Walden University. Eakins also holds numerous safety certifications, including Certified Emergency Manager and Certified Protection Professional.

Roy Lacey

Roy Lacey

Community Representative

Roy Lacey was a longtime business owner in Pocatello before joining the Idaho Foodbank in 1996 as an administrator. Lacey later became vice president of operations for the Idaho Foodbank. He served two years in the Idaho House of Representatives before being elected to the District 29 seat.

Jake Osti

ISU-Idaho Falls Student Representative

Jake Osti is an ISU sophomore majoring in English. He was the former ASISU vice president for ISU-Idaho Falls. Osti is actively involved in a number of student organizations on the Idaho Falls campus.

Chad Pope

Chad Pope

ISU Faculty Representative

Chad Pope received his Ph.D. from ISU in 2011 in nuclear science and engineering. Pope holds a PE license in the nuclear discipline and brings more than 24 years of industry experience to ISU. His research interests include nuclear safety, nuclear criticality safety and nuclear fuel cycles.

Jessica Sargent

Jessica Sargent

ASISU President, Student Representative

Jessica Sargent earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from ISU in 2015. Jessica is a graduate assistant pursuing her Master of Arts degree in sociology and is the current president of the Associated Students of ISU. Sargent was also a member of the ISU track team, competing in the 400-meter and 800-meter runs from 2012 to 2016.

Randy’L Teton

Randy’L Teton

Community Representative

Randy’L Teton serves as the public affairs manager for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. Her responsibilities include assisting state and federal legislative issues and all external media relations. Teton was raised in the Lincoln Creek District on the Fort Hall Reservation. She holds degrees from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Fort Lewis College and University of New Mexico.

Dr. Cornelis J. Van der Schyf

Cornelis Van der Schyf

ISU Administration Representative

Cornelis Van der Schyf is the vice president for research and dean of the ISU Graduate School. He earned his Bachelor of Pharmacy, Master of Science, Ph.D. and DTE degrees from North-West University in South Africa, and spent time as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Connecticut and at the National Magnet Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Gene Warren

Gene Warren

ISU Faculty Representative | Co-Chair for the Faculty Senate for the 2018 and 2019 Academic Years

Gene Warren received his bachelor's degree in 1991 from the ISU College of Education with a double major in Vocational Teacher Education and Corporate Training. He graduated from the Marketing and Management program in 1981. Warren’s expertise lies in the areas of business management, business math, accounting and computer software and hardware. He has more than 30 years experience in business and industry and 18 years of post-secondary teaching experience.

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