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2016 April - First Friday Letter

Dear friends, 

Despite the unflattering date of this First Friday letter, April Fool’s Day, I am excited to provide an update on the happenings at Lewis-Clark State College. 

First, I am happy to announce that Mr. Todd Kilburn has been offered and has accepted the position of vice president for finance and administration. We are very fortunate to have someone with the experience and ability of Mr. Kilburn join the administrative team at LCSC. Todd currently serves as the vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, and he brings a wealth of higher education experience to the position. We look forward to Todd joining us in late June. Along with this news, I would be remiss if I did not extend a thank you to our interim vice president for finance and administration, Mr. Ron Smith, who has been filling in so ably since Chet Herbst departed last October. 

Speaking of changes on campus, the Idaho Legislature recently passed a bill officially changing the name of Professional-Technical Education (PTE) to Career & Technical Education (CTE). Though we’ve already begun transitioning to the new title, the change officially goes into effect on July 1. Regardless of what name they’re under, we’re confident that CTE Dean Rob Lohrmeyer and his team will continue their excellent work of preparing students for successful careers in fields like web design, office management, welding, graphic communications, diesel technology, engineering, fire service technology, and many more. 

The Warrior athletic programs continue to find success of their own – and on the national stage. Congratulations to the men’s and women’s basketball teams on advancing to their respective NAIA Division I National Championships last month. The Warrior women played exceptionally well as they advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2008. Also, congratulations are in order for the track athletes who qualified for and competed at indoor nationals in Johnson City, Tenn. The program had a record eight All-Americans, including Sam Atkin who won the 3,000-meters. And last, but certainly not least, the Warrior baseball team is off to a 24-4 start and looks to be in excellent shape to compete for its 18th national title at the Avista-NAIA World Series this May 27 - June 3 at Harris Field. I hope to see you there. 

The Idaho State Legislature passed its higher education budget last month and we are once again excited by the vote of confidence legislators have in Lewis-Clark State College. As Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter has expressed, higher education plays a very important role in Idaho’s future, and we stand ready to play our part, which continues to expand each year, in educating Idahoans and providing answers for Idaho’s workforce needs. 

As we wrap up spring break, I am reminded that commencement ceremonies are only a month away – May 1st in Coeur d’Alene and May 13th in Lewiston. I trust our students and faculty have enjoyed a small reprieve and that they are poised to finish the final full month of learning on a high note. To all of the friends of Lewis-Clark State College, I thank you for your continued support. 

Sincerely,

 

J. Anthony Fernandez