J. Anthony (Tony) Fernández became the fifteenth president of Lewis-Clark State College in March of 2011. He served as Interim President for one year and as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the institution from 2003 to 2010.
Dr. Fernández has been involved in education since earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences from California State College, Fullerton in 1970. He earned his Ph.D. from Washington State University in Plant Pathology in 1975. He continued at WSU as a post-doctoral research associate for two years and then served as an assistant/associate professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Wyoming for a decade.
In 1986, Dr. Fernández accepted a faculty position in Plant Sciences at the University of Hawaii-Hilo and later became Dean of the College of Continuing Education and Community Service. In 1995, he accepted the position of Dean of Educational Technology and Continuing Education at Fort Hays State University in Kansas and served as Dean of the College of Health and Life Sciences from 1997-2003. He joined Lewis-Clark State College in 2003 as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.