When I think of Boise State’s strengths, one of the first things that comes to mind is the community’s willingness to embrace change. This spirit of energetic optimism will serve us well as we encounter the challenges and opportunities of the leadership transitions that have flowed out of our change in presidential leadership.
And as you’ll read below, former COAS dean and Boise State provost, Dr. Martin Schimpf is now serving as interim president. Meanwhile I had the honor of assuming the role of interim dean when Dr. Tony Roark became interim provost on June 1. Later this summer Dr. Kathleen Keys will become interim director for School of the Arts.
You’ll find evidence of another Boise State strength in the stories below, and that’s something that doesn’t change: the innovative pursuit of excellence by students and faculty. I encourage you to read this month’s selection of stories about the places near and far where COAS students and faculty travel and make a difference; the variety and impact of faculty research; the striking images and stories they create in a variety of artistic media; and the impressive ways their talents are recognized and celebrated.
I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to serve this widely varied and deeply accomplished college, and I look forward to the work and changes ahead.
Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Boise State University
Board Names Martin Schimpf Interim President at Boise State
The Idaho State Board of Education today appointed Martin Schimpf as interim president of Boise State University.
Schimpf joined the faculty at Boise State in 1990 and has served in various roles, most recently as provost and vice president of academic affairs, a position he has held since 2010. Prior to that, he was chair of the chemistry department, and associate dean and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
“We wanted an interim president who has the trust of the campus community and can maintain Boise State’s momentum,” said State Board President Linda Clark. “Dr. Schimpf fits that description perfectly. On behalf of the board, I thank him for delaying his planned return to faculty and assuming this vital role while we look for a new president for Boise State.”
Schimpf holds degrees in chemistry from the University of Washington and the University of Utah. He takes over as interim president of Boise State on July 1, replacing Bob Kustra who is retiring later this month after leading Boise State for 15 years..