CWI narrows presidential search

The College of Western Idaho has settled on four finalists for its presidential vacancy.

All four have ties to local two- and four-year institutions.

The finalists:

  • Denise Aberle-Cannata, CWI’s interim president.
  • Gordon Jones, dean of the College of Innovation and Design at Boise State University.
  • Abby Lee, associate vice president of college and public relations at Treasure Valley Community College. Lee is also a four-term state senator, serving as the GOP’s assistant majority leader.
  • Todd Schwarz, provost at the College of Southern Idaho.

“We had a tremendous response from a broad field of well-qualified candidates from across the country,” said CWI Trustee Molly Lenty, chair of the presidential search committee. “The search committee, representing various stakeholder groups both internal and external to the college, put in very thoughtful work and hearty dialogue in identifying these finalists who each bring their own diverse backgrounds, skill sets, and vision for the future of CWI.”

The candidates will be on campus for interviews and site visits from Nov. 15 to 18. (Click here for the schedule, and the finalists’ resumes.)

The new president will succeed Bert Glandon, who retired in May.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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