News Release

College dedicates Thomas Jefferson Hall March 25

LEWISTON, Idaho – The public is invited to attend the formal dedication ceremony for Thomas Jefferson Hall on the Lewis-Clark State College campus, Tuesday, March 25, at 4 p.m.  Thomas Jefferson Hall is the new home of LCSC’s Business Division.

LCSC President J. Anthony (Tony) Fernández, LCSC Foundation President Marsha Creason, and LCSC alumnus Stuart McKee, Microsoft Chief Technology Officer U.S. Public Sector State and Local, will speak at the event.

Following remarks, tours of the building will be conducted by members of the LCSC Business Student Organization.  Refreshments will be served.

Thomas Jefferson Hall, formerly the Fine Arts Building, was constructed in 1912 and was known informally as both the “Old Science Building” and the “Old Music Building.”  When more classrooms and offices were eventually needed on campus, the Fine Arts Building was refurbished to include them.  Historically and architecturally speaking, the building is one of the most interesting edifices on campus.  The original structure cost $25,000.  Kirtland K. Cutter, one of the most influential architects in the Northwest at the turn of the century, designed the building.

Renovation of the building cost $1.9 million, with $1.7 million paid for by the State’s Permanent Building Fund and $200,000 by private fundraising.

LCSC faculty and staff moved into Thomas Jefferson Hall in the spring of 2013.  Full utilization of the classroom spaces began during the fall 2013 semester.

The name Thomas Jefferson Hall was chosen in recognition of President Jefferson's many contributions to the history of the region, including his commissioning of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  It is also fitting in the context of the names of other major facilities at LCSC - Meriwether Lewis Hall, Clark Hall, and Sacajawea Hall.

Stuart McKee received academic honors and holds an MBA from Gonzaga University and a BS in Business Administration/Management Accounting from Lewis-Clark State College.

In June 2004, McKee joined Microsoft as the first U.S. National Technology Officer and continues his focus as the Chief Technology Officer for the U.S. State and Local Government business.  As CTO he is responsible for driving a comprehensive set of technical and business strategies with both an internal and external focus – shaping and articulating Microsoft's technology vision and strategy.  In his tenure he has helped create effective solutions from cybersecurity to public records.

Prior to joining Microsoft, McKee served as the Executive Director of the Washington State Department of Information Services (DIS) on Governor Gary Locke’s executive cabinet.  As the DIS Executive Director, McKee was unanimously confirmed by the Senate and served as Chief Information Officer for the State of Washington.  Under his leadership, the State of Washington was nationally recognized and internationally admired for outstanding technology leadership and infrastructure delivery.

McKee also performed in a number of executive roles for the Walt Disney Company, including Vice President of Global Internet Operations where he directed technical operations for a number of the Internet’s most visible sites including,,, and His background also includes strategic planning and operational management of enterprise-wide systems for companies including Starwave, Infoseek, and Sabey Corporation.

For more information about the dedication, please contact Mary Hasenoehrl, Director, LCSC College Advancement at [email protected] or 208.792.2458.