Boise, Idaho
Nov 27, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Presidents & Chancellors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Boise State University


The Idaho State Board of Education and Boise State University invite nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of President. Boise State University has undergone a period of unprecedented growth and dramatic transformation. Over the last decade, the University has experienced a significant increase in its student enrollment, graduate programs, physical infrastructure, research productivity, and overall economic impact. After fifteen years of outstanding service to the University, Dr. Robert W. Kustra announced his retirement in Fall 2017 and officially retired from the position in June 2018. For its next President, the campus community seeks a bold, innovative, and inspiring leader to give shape to the promise of the future while harnessing the powerful momentum of the recent past.

Boise State University is a metropolitan doctoral research university with more than 25,000 students from all 50 states and 65 countries; strong ties to its community and region and the area’s industry leaders; and creative and research strengths in materials science and engineering, geosciences, fine arts, creative writing, biomolecular studies, public policy and more. Located on the banks of the scenic Boise River, just blocks from the cultural, political and economic center of Idaho, Boise State’s vibrant campus has undergone a $400 million transformation over the past 15 years. Over the same time period, Boise State more than doubled its graduate programming and has become a top choice for students from Idaho and across the West. Boise State today boasts Idaho’s largest graduate school, enrolls nearly one-third of all students in Idaho’s public higher education system, and confers nearly half of all bachelor’s degrees awarded by the state’s public universities.

The University has been called “demonstrably on the move” by the Chronicle of Higher Education and was one of five universities in the country recognized in 2017 by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities for innovative approaches to improving retention and graduation rates. It has welcomed record-setting first-year classes in the past two years and set a record for the number of total graduates in each of the past nine years. Additionally, Boise State University has been named one of the most innovative national universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report for its 2019 edition. The Carnegie Classification for Institutions of Higher Education (2016) includes Boise State University among its “Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity” category. Boise State’s proposed overall budget for fiscal year 2019 is approximately $513 million.

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Reporting to the Idaho State Board of Education, the President is the chief executive officer of the University and has general authority for the leadership and management of the institution and the strategic deployment of its resources, and in service of the University’s core mission and shared values. With a broad range of responsibility, the President must be prepared to oversee various institutional divisions and offices to further advance the University’s commitment to exemplary instruction and academics, cutting-edge research and discovery, intellectual and cultural enrichment, and community engagement and economic vitality. As the most visible member of the Boise State University campus community, the President must be bold, innovative, and possess the ability to inspire others to reach to new horizons of excellence.

The next President will  speak on behalf of the campus community and successfully represent the University before  local, state, and national public agencies and elected officials; the President should be creative, collaborative, innovative and entrepreneurial and maintain and strengthen ties with local, national, and international businesses, with the demonstrated ability to engage philanthropic foundations, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and global academic community to develop new areas of partnership, collaboration, and mutual support. To be successful the President will recognize the unique characteristics of the University, the City of Boise, the State of Idaho, the region, and will become an integral and indispensable member of the community. The President will then have the opportunity to further connect and extend the University into the community and across the region. The President must have a great passion for the role of public higher education and be equally passionate about the unique role that Boise State University plays in the day-to-day lives of countless many.


Boise State University seeks a thoughtful leader who will provide stability and long-term commitment to take full advantage of the University’s potential. It is preferred that the successful candidate possess a terminal degree with a strong record of academic achievement, scholarship, and teaching, as well as significant administrative experience in a complex environment. The next President must have experience overseeing financial and budgetary processes at a leadership level and must have a demonstrated ability to instill fiscal confidence, responsibility and discipline. The most successful candidates will have leadership experience in organizations with a culture of collaborative and inclusive decision-making. While academic experience (professional and administrative) is strongly desired, exceptional candidates with nontraditional backgrounds who have demonstrated a high degree of national or international success in business, industry, nonprofit, or government will be considered.

Application and Nomination Process

The Boise State Screening Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit: a current resume or curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner

Email: [email protected]


Navid Nakai 

Email: [email protected] 

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates

6512 Painter Avenue

Whittier, CA 90601

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Boise State University is an equal opportunity employer and educator. The University believes that commitment to fairness and respect for all creates an environment that is conducive to the free and open exchange of ideas. Boise State University is committed to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants for employment as provided for by federal, state and local law. The University endeavors to recruit, hire, train, and promote employees in all job titles in accordance with the University’s Affirmative Action Program. All other personnel actions are administered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other status as protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

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