Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Board Names Fernandez President of Lewis-Clark State College

The following is a news release from the Idaho State Board of Education:

Calling him a leader with impeccable credentials and of unquestioned character and integrity, Idaho State Board of Education President Richard Westerberg announced the hiring of Dr. J. Anthony “Tony” Fernandez as president of Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC).

“Tony has demonstrated a consistent professional approach in all he does,” said Westerberg. “We are thrilled to have him leading this great institution.”

Westerberg was joined on the podium for the announcement by Board secretary Don Soltman who chaired the LCSC presidential search committee. “We had exceptional candidates apply and interview for this position,” said Soltman. “Tony could have any job he wants and we are fortunate he wants to be here at LC.”

“There is no place Diane and I would rather be than right here,” said President Tony Fernandez. “This is our home and we are excited to now forward with everyone together in helping LCSC realize all its’ potential.”

Prior to the announcement, the Idaho State Board of Education held a special meeting which originated from the Lewiston campus. During the meeting, a motion to hire Fernandez at an annual salary of $162,654.00 was made by Don Soltman, Secretary of the Idaho State Board of Education. The motion passed unanimously. Fernandez’ contract runs through the end of fiscal year 2012 or June 30, 2012.

Fernandez served previously as Vice President/Provost at Lewis-Clark State College before he was named interim president in April 2010 after the departure of then president Dr. Dene K. Thomas. A biography of Dr. Fernandez is attached.

The Idaho State Board of Education will hold its’ next regular meeting, April 20-21, 2011 in Moscow on the campus of the University of Idaho. The Board will set fees/tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year during the meeting.

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