Editor's note: This story has been updated with a quote from Barb McAlmond at Helena College re: Daniel Bingham.
TWIN FALLS, Idaho • Three finalists have been named for the College of Southern Idaho presidency — one from Montana, another from Salt Lake City and one a veteran administrator at CSI.
The finalists are:
— Jeff Fox, executive vice president and chief academic officer at CSI since 2008.
— D. Ryan Carstens, associate provost for education and community partnerships at Salt Lake Community College since January 2012.
— Daniel J. Bingham, chief executive officer of Helena College-University of Montana since 2005.
Citizens and CSI staff are urged to attend a public forum Oct. 15, at which each candidate will have 50 minutes to address the audience in the CSI Fine Arts Theater. Carstens will speak from 2 to 2:50 p.m; Fox, 3 to 3:50; and Bingham, 4 to 4:50 p.m.
Each candidate will make brief opening and closing statements but mostly will field questions from the audience. Everyone who attends will get a comment card to rate the candidates’ strengths and weaknesses.
After the forums, the candidates will be interviewed individually and privately by the CSI Board of Trustees.
“The board does want to consider the feedback that they get from the forums,” said Doug Maughan, CSI public relations director.
The trustees will choose the president in a vote during an open meeting that has yet to be scheduled.
Bingham received a bachelor’s degree in community college teaching and a master’s in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He earned his Ph.D. in community college leadership from the University of Texas at Austin.
He has held administrative and faculty positions at Salt Lake Community College, the University of Texas – Austin, Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, and Northland Pioneer College in Winslow and Hopi, Ariz.
Helena College marketing and communications coordinator Barb McAlmond said Bingham has "added many programs to the school, added valuable industry partnerships and doubled our enrollment since he began here in 2005."
Carstens received his bachelor’s in German and his master’s in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. He earned a doctorate in education degree in community college leadership and educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
He has held administrative and faculty positions at Lone Star College in Tomball, Texas; Eastern Idaho Technical College in Idaho Falls; Rio Salado College in Tempe, Ariz.; El Centro College in Dallas; Yavapai College in Prescott, Ariz.; Central Arizona College in Coolidge, Ariz.; the University of Houston at Victoria; and Oklahoma State University.
“We noticed that there are two candidates (Carstens and Bingham) who have Salt Lake Community College ties,” said Joy Tlou, director of public relations at SLCC. “We’re very proud of the work we do here and wish them well in their endeavors.”
Fox has been the executive vice president and chief academic officer at CSI since 2008. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from California State University at Sacramento and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Idaho.
Before coming to CSI, he taught at California State at Sacramento; Nichibei Gakuin in Matsuyama, Japan; Kenmei Women’s Junior College in Hemiji, Japan; and Cosumnes River College in Sacramento. He became a professor in the CSI English department in 1987, director of the CSI academic development center in 2001 and chairman of the CSI English department in 2003.
“I know that he has a passion for students and CSI. He has an open-door policy, and I’ve always felt welcomed,” said Merry Olson, career readiness facilitator at CSI. “I looked at all their (finalists’) experience, and it looks like they have a lot of community college experience.”
The CSI presidency became available in June, when Jerry Beck announced that he would retire because of health problems. Curtis Eaton has acted as interim president since Beck’s announcement.
The number of people who applied for the presidency will not be released, Maughan said.
“The response was very good, and they (presidential search committee) were pleased with the process,” he said. “It has run precisely on schedule and has all gone like clockwork. ... Now we are going to see how they do in a public forum.
“I just want to urge people to come out. It is a very important part of the process. We wanted to include the CSI family and the public because we believe the position of the president is both a college and community position that everyone has a stake in.”