A member of Boise State’s leadership is among 5 finalists for ISU president

Kevin Satterlee
Kevin Satterlee

Boise State University’s chief operating officer is among the five finalists named to become Idaho State University’s 13th president.

Kevin Satterlee, who is also a vice president at BSU and serves as special counsel, was named Wednesday from a list of 72 candidates who applied to become the Pocatello university’s next leader. The finalists were selected from a list of 10-semifinalists interviewed earlier this week by the ISU Presidential Search Committee.

Satterlee was appointed COO and special counsel at BSU in January 2011. He also oversees NCAA compliance at BSU.

Satterlee joined Boise State in 2001 as special assistant to the vice president for finance and administration. From 1995 to 2001, he was a deputy attorney general in the Idaho Attorney General’s Office and was assigned as the chief legal officer to the Idaho State Board of Education.

Listed in alphabetical order, the finalists are:

· Ricardo Azziz, MD – Chief Officer Academic Health and Hospital Affairs, The State University of New York System Administration

· Robert Marley, PhD – Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Missouri University of Science and Technology

· Kevin Satterlee, JD – Chief Operating Officer, Vice President and Special Counsel, Boise State University

· Charles “Chuck” Wight, PhD – President, Weber State University

· Laura Woodworth-Ney, PhD – Executive Vice President and Provost, Idaho State University

Arrangements are underway for the candidates to visit ISU between Feb. 18 and March 5.

Open forums are planned for students, faculty and staff as well as a public reception for community members to meet and hear from the finalists.

There will also be an opportunity to provide feedback online to the selection committee about each candidate.

Schedules, including open forum dates and times will be posted on Idaho State University’s presidential search website: www.isu.edu/presidentialsearch/.

ISU President Arthur Vailas announced his retirement in August, three days after the university’s football booster club threatened to withhold nearly $80,000 in donations unless Vailas and Athletic Director Jeff Tingey were replaced.

Vailas asserted the booster’s activity did not affect the timing of his retirement, calling it “ridiculous” and “irrelevant.” He noted he submitted his retirement plans to the State Board of Education two months prior to the controversy.

According to the Idaho State Journal, the applicant selected by the State Board to replace Vailas in March will shadow Vailas until he retires in June at the end of the spring 2018 semester.

Christina Lords: 208-377-6435, @ChristinaLords