Jim Everett to retire from college co-presidency

College of Idaho co-president Jim Everett is stepping down and will transition to a fundraising role by June 30.

Co-president Doug Brigham, a 1987 graduate of C of I, will continue as president. Everett and Brigham were approved for the unique co-presidency model by the Board of Trustees in February of 2018.

“Just over six years ago, the trustees took a risk, appointing two non-academics as co-presidents of The College of Idaho. I am filled with gratitude as I reflect on spending my entire adult life in this community, where ‘work’ became more of a calling than a job,” Everett said in a press release. “Despite challenges, each day has been a source of inspiration, witnessing the kindness and goodness of people from all walks of life and ages.

Doug Brigham and Jim Everett served as co-presidents of the College of Idaho for six years.

“I am optimistic about the bright future of The College of Idaho under the capable leadership of Doug Brigham and the exceptional team of faculty, staff, coaches, trustees, and the remarkable students who will change the world for the good of humanity.”

During their co-presidency, C of I has experienced record fundraising levels, which includes tripling the amounts raised for the annual fund (Boone Fund) as well as fully funding 7.5 new endowed chairs at $2.5 million each. C of I has also experienced 25% growth in its endowment and a 15% increase in enrollment, according to a press release. In addition to these accomplishments, C of I was awarded the eighth Rhodes Scholar in school history (Kaya Evans in 2023) and claimed two NAIA national team championships in men’s basketball and women’s cross-country in 2023.

“In his six years as a co-president, Jim has consistently over-delivered. He will be fantastic in his new role on our development team,” said Jennifer Sampson, Chair of the College’s Board of Trustees, and a 1997 graduate.

This past weekend, the College surpassed $1 million raised at the annual Scholarship Gala for the first time in school history.

“Serving along and learning from Jim has been an absolute honor,” said Brigham. “Jim’s dedication to guiding students has left an incredible impression on this campus, setting a standard I hope we all aspire to uphold. Even as he transitions from the co-presidency, Jim’s commitment endures as he channels his energy into fundraising for the College. Simply put, Jim Everett is the best.”

Everett had been serving as the college’s swimming and diving coach for two years before becoming co-president. That role followed a 40-plus year career with the YMCA, where he served the final 29 years as CEO of the Treasure Valley YMCA, retiring in 2016. During his time at the Y, Everett earned numerous accolades, including St. Luke’s Light of Philanthropy, CEO of Influence, the Idaho Statesman Distinguished Citizen of the Year, Big Brother of the Year and Salvation Army Citizen of the Year. Everett led the Y in raising more than $100 million.

The C of I is 133 years old and has produced eight Rhodes Scholars, three governors, and many Idaho business leaders and innovators. For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.

Idaho EdNews Staff

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