News Release

Academic Affairs leadership transition at LC State

LEWISTON, Idaho – Lewis-Clark State College will be undergoing a leadership transition in Academic Affairs this summer, college administrators have announced.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Lori Stinson will be returning to a full-time faculty role as a tenured professor in the Nursing & Health Sciences Division on July 1. Stinson has served in her current role since 2014 (beginning as interim in 2013), when she was appointed by LC State president Tony Fernandez as he formed his executive cabinet.

“I look forward to the strong contributions Lori will make as we leverage her advanced academic credentials and extensive nursing background to support the launch of the college’s very first graduate-level offering, a graduate certificate in Nursing Management and Leadership,” LC State President Cynthia Pemberton said. “It has been a pleasure to have Lori as a member of my executive cabinet, and I thank her once again for her leadership, especially during the many challenges of COVID-19.”

Fred Chilson, currently the college’s dean of Professional Studies & Graduate Studies, will be assuming the role of interim vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of Graduate Studies on July 1. Chilson’s background includes higher education leadership experience as a division chair and professor at the University of Montana Western from 2008-2018.

In the absence of a provost, current Vice President for Student Affairs Andy Hanson will move into the role of senior vice president for Student Affairs on July 1. He will assume leadership when the president is absent (a role previously assigned to the provost position).