College of Southern Idaho picks its next president
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College of Southern Idaho picks its next president

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L. Dean Fisher


TWIN FALLS — The College of Southern Idaho Board of Trustees selected L. Dean Fisher to be the college’s next president.

Fisher will be the fifth president of the college when he replaces Jeff Fox, who will retire in June.

Fox has worked at CSI for more than 32 years and became president in 2013.

Fisher is the provost of the State University of New York’s Corning Community College, where he oversees the academic divisions, library, marketing, enrollment and student services. He has been at the college since July 2017

He previously was the chief of staff and senior policy advisor for an Oklahoma congressman. Before that, he worked at Rose State College in Oklahoma City in roles ranging from faculty member to vice president of student affairs. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses in history, humanities, leadership and student development.

He spent his summers in southern Idaho when he was a child, CSI said in the statement.

“I am so pleased with the confidence placed in me by the Board to be the next President of CSI,” Fisher said in a statement. “It was clear to me during the search process that CSI faculty and staff fulfill a mission in their daily work. Every day, thanks to their work, amazing and inspiring students find their own pathway to the American Dream in a region that values their success.

“During the coming weeks, I look forward to collaborating with President Fox for the transition. His dedicated work to position CSI as a regional educational, social and cultural asset, along with CSI’s Board of Trustees, is impressive. I will continue to advance this work.”

Fisher holds an associate degree from Rose State College in general studies, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of Central Oklahoma and a doctorate of education from Gwynedd Mercy University in Pennsylvania.


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