Dr. Laura Woodworth-Ney
Executive Vice President and Provost
Office: Admin 264, President's Suite 921 S. 8th Ave,Stop 8063 Pocatello ID, 83209-8063
Laura Woodworth-Ney was named Idaho State University's Executive Vice President and Provost August 14, 2016. Previously, she served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs since June 24, 2013, and as ISU’s Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for three years before that.
As the Executive Vice President and Provost (EVPP) she is the Chief Academic Officer of the University. The EVPP has oversight over units that directly impact instructional, academic and research programs. This would include the following administrative units: (1) outreach campuses/centers; (2) student affairs; (3) research, (4) finance and administration; (6) libraries; and (7) divisions, institutes, centers, and colleges. In addition, the EVPP develops and assures compliance with administrative directives that support the mission of the University.
Woodworth-Ney is nationally active on topics related to higher education and access, and is Idaho's representative on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education's Academic Forum. She chairs ISU’s Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment Council and is responsible for ISU’s regional accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Woodworth-Ney's former administrative appointments at ISU include chair of the Department of History and co-director of Women Studies. She also served on the ISU Faculty Senate, both as a senator and as an elected member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. Woodworth-Ney, who has been at ISU since 1999, has authored more than 30 articles, book reviews, and scholarly essays, as well as three books (several co-authored).
Woodworth-Ney earned a bachelor degree in English from the University of Idaho, and a Ph.D. in American History and Public History from Washington State University.
Woodworth-Ney, a native of Rupert, is a fourth-generation Idahoan.
Dr. Kent Tingey
Vice President for University Advancement
Office: Administration 264, President's Suite 921 S. 8th Ave, Stop 8024 Pocatello ID, 83
Dr. Kent Tingey is vice president for university advancement. He is responsible for the advancement of the University through public and government relations, marketing and communications, development, the Idaho State University Foundation, and alumni relations. Under his direction the University raised $152.5 million in its first-ever capital campaign. Dr. Tingey has been with ISU for 26 years. Prior to that, he served as the Executive Assistant to U.S. Congressman Wayne Owens in Washington D.C.
Dr. Cornelis J. Van der Schyf
Vice President for Research
Office: Administration Building 264 921 S. 8th Ave, Stop 8130 Pocatello ID, 83209-8130
Neels Van der Schyf earned his BPharm, MSc, DSc (PhD), and DTE degrees from North-West University (NWU, formerly Potchefstroom University) in South Africa, and spent 1986-7 as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Connecticut and at the National Magnet Lab at MIT, Cambridge, MA.
Before joining Idaho State University in May 2013 as Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Van der Schyf was Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, Founding Chair and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy, and Professor of Neurobiology in the College of Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). At NEOMED he played a pivotal role in the establishment of the College of Pharmacy and was the primary author/architect in creating and establishing NEOMED's graduate program in Integrated Pharmaceutical Medicine (IPM) and in the creation of the College of Graduate Studies. He was also intimately involved with the planning and design of the new Research and Graduate Education (RGE) Building, a $42 million campus expansion focused on graduate research and education.
As of February 2015, he has published 116 peer-reviewed research and review articles, 205 abstracts and presentations - many of these as invited keynote speaker; 10 book chapters, several reports to industry, and numerous journal editorials. He holds 14 patents. He is the Editor-in- Chief of the Journal of Biophysical Chemistry and is or has been a member of the editorial advisory boards for an additional 11 international research journals and an invited guest editor for one. The impact of his research is reflected by his work receiving more than 2,400 peer citations in the literature. He has an h-index of 30 and an i10 index of 66.
Van der Schyf served as visiting professor in Australia (University of Queensland, Brisbane), Belgium (FUNDP, Namur), USA (Virginia Tech), and currently as Emeritus Extraordinary Professor at Northwest University (South Africa), and has extensive international experience. In addition to serving or having served (since 2002) as a chartered and ad hoc member on several NIH Study Sections and many other national and international research granting agencies (including the UK, Portugal, South Africa and the Russian Federation), he is a member of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society and Sigma Xi, and has received several teaching and research honors, including "Teacher of the Year" and "Most Cited Paper" awards, the APSSA Upjohn Achievement Award and South Africa's highest honor in drug discovery research, the FARMOVS Prize for Pharmacology and Drug Development.
Van der Schyf is also the recipient of the 2010 Olson/Blair Award for Administrative Excellence. He has been the major advisor for more than 20 graduate students since 1985 (11 PhDs, remainder MS degrees) and served on the graduate committees of more than 30 additional graduate students. He is an avid marathon runner.
Rex W. Force, Pharm.D.
Vice President for Health Sciences
Rex W. Force, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP is Vice President for Health Science at ISU. Previously he served as Associate Dean for Clinical Research in the Division of Health Sciences at ISU and holds a tenured professorship in the Department of Family Medicine while directing the research in that department. He is also Professor of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Force earned his B.S. in Pharmacy from Oregon State University and his Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from the University of Texas and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, after which he completed a two-year clinical research fellowship at Ohio State University. He is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist, a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and has an additional certification in health care quality improvement.
Dr. Force has been instrumental in developing the telepharmacy program at ISU which provides much-needed access to medications to rural Idahoans in Butte and Custer Counties. Heavily involved in clinical research, he is currently a Board Trustee of the Research Institute of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and a member of the Steering Committee of the WWAMI-region Practice and Research Network. In addition, he serves as the ISU liaison to the Mountain West Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network, a 7-state, 11-institution consortium designed to improve health research in the western US. Dr. Force has authored over 50 professional and research publications, presented over 100 research papers or abstracts, and speaks regularly at professional meetings. With a focus on pharmacotherapy, evidence-based medicine, medication safety, and rural health service delivery, Dr. Force and his collaborators have received grants and contracts in excess of $5.5 million while at ISU. Dr. Force has been on the faculty at Idaho State University since 1993 and has received honors and awards for his research, teaching and professional service.
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Office: 921 S. 8th Ave. Administration Building No. 10, Suite 229
Brian Hickenlooper was appointed as the interim Chief Financial Officer for Idaho State University in August of 2016. He is responsible for the financial service areas of the University. Brian’s initial position at ISU was that of the University Business Officer for the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences and later promoted as an Assistant Vice President for Finance and Administration.
Prior to coming to ISU he had a 27 year career with Intermountain Health Care starting at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah where he worked in hospital reimbursement and budgeting. Later he transferred to Burley, Idaho as the Chief Financial Officer and took an opportunity to be part of the administrative team building the new Cassia Regional Medical Center. During his 18 year tenure at Cassia Regional Medical Center, a Dartmouth Atlas Project reported the hospital having the lowest costs in the United States for traditional Medicare patients during the last two years of their lives.
Hickenlooper earned a Bachelor degree in Finance from Brigham Young University and holds a MBA in Health Care Administration.
Joanne Hirase-Stacey, JD
General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer
Office: 921 So. 8th Ave., Stop 8410, Pocatello, ID 83209
Joanne Hirase-Stacey is General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Risk Manager, as well as an adjunct professor in the College of Business. The Office of General Counsel has responsibility for: reviewing, drafting, and negotiating contracts and Affiliation Agreements; compliance with laws, regulations, and policies; oversight of University policies and procedures; workers’ compensation and insurance claims and management; activity waivers; and litigation management. Also reporting to the office are Public Safety, Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Diversity, Athletic Compliance, the Director of Research Contracts, and the Director of Technology Commercialization.
Before coming to ISU, she was corporate counsel for Hoku Corporation, ON Semiconductor, and State Farm Fire & Casualty Company.
Joanne earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and her Juris Doctor from the University of Utah. She is now proud to call herself a Bengal.
Chief Information Officer
Office: Information Technology Services (ITS) Business Administration B24 921 S 8th Ave
Randy Gaines has served as Chief Information Officer since 2004, but has worked at ISU for almost 25 years. Randy initially came to ISU to help start the University's video distance Learning program and later served as Media Center Manager before becoming CIO. Outside of Information Technology Randy has helped teach Freshman Seminar while at ISU, and is currently serving as an I Love ISU Team Captain. Randy also serves on ISU's Accreditation Steering committee. Prior to coming to ISU Randy served as Pocatello Bureau Chief for KIFI TV news and worked for KIFI TV's Idaho Video.
Lewis A. Eakins, Ph.D.
Chief Security Officer/Director of Public Safety
Office: Public Safety 625 E. Humbolt, Stop 8140 Pocatello, ID 83201-8140
Director Eakins has led the Department of Public Safety since 2015 with overall responsibilities for patrol operations, the dispatch center, parking enforcement, CCTV systems, Bengal card, and emergency management. Prior to joining Idaho State University, Director Eakins served as the Chief of Police at Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL; as a Captain with the METRO Transit Police in Houston, TX; and as the Assistant Chief of Police at Texas Southern University, also in Houston, TX.
Director Eakins is board certified (CPP) in Security Management by ASIS International, as well as being certified by FEMA as a Professional Continuity Practitioner (PCP). He has attended numerous law enforcement and emergency management training courses and recently graduated from FEMA’s National Emergency Management Executive Academy Cohort II. Director Eakins has held leadership positions at the state and national levels in security, law enforcement, and emergency management trade associations. He has presented nationally and internationally at conferences on the topics of workplace violence, disaster preparedness, active shooter survival, and leadership. He has undergraduate degrees in Police Science and Criminal Justice; a M.S. degree in Security Management; and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Homeland Security Policy and Coordination. Director Eakins’ research interests are in academic continuity and public safety leadership.
Paul R. Watkins, Ph.D.
Faculty Senate Co-Chair Professor Higher Education Leadership School Psychology & Educational Leadership
Office: College of Education 921 S. 8th Avenue, Stop 8380 Pocatello, ID 83209
Dr. Paul Watkins is a professor working with doctoral students in Higher Education Leadership in the College of Education at ISU. He has served two years on the ISU faculty senate and now is co-chair of the senate for 2016-2017. Prior to joining ISU in 2013, he served as a consultant related to innovation in higher education, chief academic officer and vice president of academic affairs, dean of two different colleges, associate dean, director of a PhD program, and founding director of an interdisciplinary advanced technologies in information systems program. His background in accreditation and accountability in higher education has been broad and intensive. He has an extensive peer reviewed academic publication and presentation record and has made numerous presentations to professional societies and organizations. Additionally, he has been a consultant to a number of top level global companies and served on a United Nations sub-committee with members of the Brookings Institute dealing with issues related to transnational border flows. He earned tenure at the University of Southern California and received a number of awards and recognition for his scholarship, research grants, and service to the university and community
Faculty Senate, Instructor
Office: College of Technology RFC Building Office #261
Gene received his bachelor's degree in 1991 from Idaho State University's College of Education with a double major in Vocational Teacher Education and Corporate Training. He graduated from ISU's College of Technology Marketing and Management Program in 1981. His expertise lies in the areas of business management, business math, accounting, and computer software and hardware. He has over 30 years experience in business and industry and 18 years of post-secondary teaching experience.
Staff Council President, Animal Facilities Manager
Office: 921 S 8th Ave Stop 8007 Pocatello, ID 83209
Mia Benkenstein, AA, RLATG has been the Animal Facilities Manager under the Office for Research Outreach and Compliance since 2005. She came to ISU in 2001 following years of substitute teaching while raising her children and decided to try something new.
As an Animal Technician she rose to manager of the Animal Facility and has been involved in the research community both nationally and locally. She has been the President of the local Mountain West American Association for Laboratory Animal Science Branch (AALAS) twice, and has served on the board since she started at the university in animal science. On the National level she served 5 years on the AALAS Education Resource Committee contributing to the publication of 5 educational and teaching manuals and was Co-chair of the District 8 regional meeting in 2017 while being Staff President Elect. She is continually looking for more unique and exciting ways to learn and teach.
She is excited to serve as the Staff Council President 2017-2018 school year with many ideas for involving the staff in activities, university committees and being the “Voice of the Staff” for Idaho State University.
Student Body President
Office: 1065 S 8th Ave, Room 215
Jessica was born and raised in Pocatello. From a very young age she learned the ISU fight song and enjoyed singing it around her childhood home. Jessica grew up attending Idaho State athletic events and witnessing her three older siblings choose ISU for their continued education. Jessica finally began her long awaited stint at Idaho State in the fall of 2012. She was a member of the Idaho State University track team, competing in the 400-meter and 800-meter runs from 2012 to 2016. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from ISU in 2015. Jessica served as an ASISU Senator for the Graduate School and as the Vice President of the Graduate Student Association during the 2016-2017 school year. Jessica is currently a graduate assistant pursuing her Master of Arts degree in sociology. She is proud and excited to serve as the ASISU Student Body President for the 2017-2018 school year. Idaho State University has long held a special spot in Jessica’s heart and she can honestly say there is no place she’d rather be!
Mr. Jeff Tingey
Office: Holt Arena, P.O Box 8173 550 Memorial Drive Pocatello ID, 83209-8317
Jeff Tingey became Athletics Director in July 2009 after serving as Interim Athletic Director and as the Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Corporate Sales. Tingey oversees all aspects of Idaho State's 15-sport athletic program.
Prior to ISU, Tingey spent almost two years at Brigham Young University, where he handled the marketing profile for football, coordinating game-day presentation, scripts, and pre and post-game activities for the football team as well as marketing coverage for 13 other sports. Tingey also coordinated many athletic department special events and trade accounts.
Tingey graduated from Weber State University, where he ran track from 2000-2002. He also served as Weber State's Assistant Marketing Director.
Tingey is a Pocatello native, having lettered in track and football at Highland High School. He attended Ricks College where he played football and ran track before serving a two-year LDS mission to Fresno, Calif. He and his wife, Amber, have two sons, Ammon and Kellan, and one daughter, Burklee.
Alumni Board President 2015
Kebai grew up in Southeast Idaho enjoying the outdoors with her family and has been involved with ISU for the last 18 years in various capacities. She graduated from ISU with her Bachelor’s degree and went on to earn her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies all as a Bengal. As an undergrad she worked in two different biological sciences laboratories conducting research. Both projects (one in biochemistry involving second messenger systems in amoeba and one in genetics involving evolution and movements of mammals across Beringia) were accepted for publication and presented at universities in Kentucky, California, Alaska, and Idaho State University. As a Physician Assistant she has specialized in psychiatry and currently works in a local private practice. She has remained active in the Bengal community by precepting PA students in her practice and teaching the Psychiatry Module within the ISU’s PA Program.
Ms. Bills and her husband, also a Bengal Alum, are busy raising two future Bengals. They all enjoy much of what Pocatello has to offer, and spend much of their spare time in the Idaho backcountry.
Director of Equal Opportunity
Office: Affirmative Action & Diversity 921 S 8th Ave., Stop 8315
Stacey Gibson, MPA, CAAP has been at ISU since 2006, most recently appointed as the Director of Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Diversity in 2012. Ms. Gibson oversees ISU’s civil rights, EEO and diversity initiatives in addition to programming and education at the Diversity Resource Center and the Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center. Ms. Gibson also serves as ISU’s Title IX administrator and is responsible for all civil rights investigations. An Idaho native, Ms. Gibson spent 14 years prior to coming to ISU in the heavy equipment and automobile industries.