Making Good in Business, Government, Education and Nonprofits

Job changes, new hires, achievements, good deeds and recognition.

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Agriculture

Frank Priestley has been reelected president and Mark Trupp has been re-elected vice president by the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation.

Elected to the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors were Scott Steele of Bonneville County, Mark Harris of Bear Lake County, Rick Brune of Jerome County, Cody Chandler of Washington County, Alton Howell of Bonner County and Luke Pearce of Payette County.

Education

Andrew Kersten has been appointed as dean for the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Idaho after a national search. Kersten will begin his role June 29.

Kersten comes to Idaho from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he was the associate provost for academic affairs and director of graduate studies. He joined the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 1997. As a faculty member, he taught courses in U.S. history survey, U.S. immigration history and U.S. labor history, as well as courses in the interdisciplinary program of democracy and justice studies. He graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, then earned master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Cincinnati.

Kersten succeeds interim dean John Mihelich, who was appointed after Katherine Aiken was named interim provost and executive vice president of the University of Idaho in May.

Hospitality

Darrell Shumpert has been appointed the new manager of food and beverage at the Boise Centre.

Formerly the director of food/beverage and retail restaurants for the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Shumpert will assume responsibility for the continued evolution of the culinary programs at Boise Centre.

Shumpert started his career in 2001 with the Farm Basket in Las Vegas, Nev., where he served as general manager, helping develop and implement tactics for optimizing restaurant sales and profits as well as ensured compliance with all company standards, policies and procedures.

In 2005, he was named director of operations for food and beverage outlets for the Embassy Suites Hotel in Portland, Ore. Shumpert worked as a member of the executive management team and managed 40 employees. He improved guest and associate satisfaction while helping to increase overall sales.

Shumpert then assumed the job of overseeing all food and beverage operations, including 10 retail restaurants at SeaTac with catering, casual, formal and quick-serve restaurant duties.

Natural resources

Bobby Johnson has been named the new oil and gas program manager at the Idaho Department of Lands, overseeing a newly updated program.

Johnson is a licensed professional geologist in Idaho and Wyoming. Before becoming a geologist, he was in the U.S. Air Force on active duty for six years and in the Air Force Reserves for two years. Johnson then attended college on the GI Bill, earning degrees in biochemical engineering and earth science with a concentration in hydrogeology.

Johnson moved to Idaho from Wyoming, where he was a regulator with the state engineer’s office in the development of oil and gas resources. He was raised in the oil fields of Grand Junction, Colo. and the red desert of Wyoming, where his family raised cattle, sheep and goats and his father owned an oilfield services company..

Nonprofits

Kristie Fleeting has joined Buy Idaho as the new office manager.

Fleeting has a diverse background in business management and accounting. She will be responsible for managing the Buy Idaho financials and the membership database.

She also will head social media marketing activities that can provide added value to the Buy Idaho organization and its members. Other responsibilities will include editing the website, assisting with special events and updating showroom displays.

Buy Idaho is a nonprofit, member-based organization with members throughout the state.

Technology

Rajan Rajgopal has been named vice president of quality at Micron Technology.

Rajgopal will oversee all aspects of Micron's quality systems including manufacturing, customer program management and product ramps.

He brings 25 years of experience to Micron and most recently served as the vice president of Global Quality and Customer Enablement for Global Foundries in Singapore.

Rajgopal's professional background includes serving in multiple executive and management positions involving customer programs, manufacturing operations and engineering at Global Foundries, where he had worked since 1995.

He also worked on the technical staff at the Texas Instruments Semiconductor Research and Design Center in Dallas from 1989 to 1995.

Rajgopal, who has six patents and more than 20 publications, holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s in electrical engineering from the University of Maine, Orono.

Utilities

Steve R. Keen has been promoted to senior vice president, CFO and treasurer of Idaho Power, effective Jan. 1, and of Idacorp effective May 1, 2014. He serves as vice president of finance and treasurer of Idacorp and senior vice president of finance and treasurer at Idaho Power.

Keen is the current vice-chairman of the board of commissioners for the Idaho Housing and Finance Association. He also is past president of the board of directors and a current member of the Idaho Society of CPAs and current chairman of the board of directors for the Idaho Tax Foundation.

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