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Following the State Board of Education's decision to deny Staff Council a seat on the ISU Presidential Search Committee, the following letter has been issued:

October 10, 2017

To: Linda Clark, Idaho State Board of Education – President

      Richard Westerberg, Idaho State Board of Education – Idaho State University President Search

      Committee Chair                                                                                                                                

From: Idaho State University Staff Council –  

On behalf of approximately 1,200 Idaho State University (ISU) Staff Employees, we submit this letter to inform you of the displeasure on not being invited to participate in the recruitment process as a committee member for the next president of Idaho State University. Not being included on the committee has created a sense of being undervalued and silenced which directly opposes the guiding principles that Staff Council was created to accomplish.  

Staff Council is the recognized representative body for staff employees at ISU and individuals serving on the council are elected by their constituent groups to represent them on various issues, concerns, and polices that impact their employment at the university. Following is a brief summary of the mission of Staff Council at ISU – an organization representing all Classified and Non-classified employees, independent of other organizations. As representatives of the staff employees, the Council represents the interests and is the voice for all staff employees at ISU. Furthermore, the goals of Staff Council are to provide leadership to staff members in the promotion and development of programs, policies, and procedures which enhance ISU in the pursuit of its mission; To promote an active role for staff members in the University governance structure; To study and make recommendations concerning the University’s operating policies and procedures affecting staff members; To cooperate with the Faculty Senate in the formulation of joint recommendations concerning the solutions of problems common to faculty and staff members; To form, or serve on committees, as required and to study special issues or problems; To provide opportunities for professional development for all staff members; and finally to recognize and honor staff members for their service to ISU.

Representatives on the Council are elected by their employment constituent groups to represent them, thus we are greatly disappointed in not having a membership seat on the recruitment committee. It has come to Staff Council’s attention that the SBOE committee believes that Dr. Lewis Eakins will serve in the role of representing staff but since he was not elected by staff constituents at the University, Staff Council feels strongly that he is unable to represent the interest of the Council in this search process. It should be noted that currently there are three representation positions from Faculty on the committee; thus it seems reasonable and fair to include a representative from Staff Council to this process. This letter is therefore submitted with the hope that reconsideration of exclusion of an elected Staff Council representative from the State Board of Education search committee is considered and a placement is given on the committee so that the second largest constituent group at ISU is given a voice in the recruitment process for the next president of ISU.

Respectfully submitted,

Mia Benkenstein

Staff Council President 2017-2018

  • Risky Business Week

    Friday, Nov. 10 Earthquake Risks in Southeastern Idaho

    Wenesday, Nov. 15 Risks Using 3D Printers

    Both are from 11am to noon, and will be held in the Little Wood River room in the Pond Student Union building in Pocatello, room 508 in Meridian, and TAB 279 in Idaho Falls.


  • Staff Movie Night

November 29th we'll be holding a How the Grinch Stole Christmas double feature at the Bengal Theater for faculty, staff, and their families! We'll start with a kid's craft at 6:00, the animated version of the Grinch at 6:30, and continue with the Jim Carrey version at 7:00. There is no charge for the movie, so bring your family or just bring yourself and have some fun!


  • There are a couple of proposed ISU policies under review at this time. Please visit the office of General Counsel's page to review the policies and send your comments in to or through your Staff Council representatives. The policies were also included as attachments in emails sent out by that same email address.

    To be considered, you must include your name, organization, and department in your comments. Deadlines are November 23 for the Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility policy, and December 8 for the Student Conduct Code policy update.

  • To provide your opinions and for information on the presidential search, see This website will contain the forthcoming job advertisement, search timelines, and information about the finalists and their campus visits that should occur in the spring of 2018.

    It also contains a tab where you can anonymously submit your views on the following questions directly to the Office of the State Board of Education:
    1. What are the challenges the new President of Idaho State University will face?
    2. What type of traits, experience, and/or credentials will the new President need to be successful?
    3. What opportunities exist at Idaho State University that prospective candidates should be aware of as they consider this presidential opportunity in Pocatello, Idaho.



    It's that time of year: open enrollment for NCPERS Life Insurance. Enrollment forms must be received by the HR office no later than Monday, November 20. For the enrollment form and for more information see the links below or contact HR at 282-3106.
  • Check the Staff Council webpage on a regular basis to keep you informed and remember you can contact your Staff Council representative to get additional information. Also, don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


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