Marv Henberg, College of Idaho president since 2009, will retire in June 2015. The school is planning a nationwide search for his replacement.
During his time at College of Idaho, Henberg helped introduce a new curriculum that broadens students’ education, launch the return of college football, create a joint master’s program in physician assistant studies with Idaho State University and increase the percentage of students who are the first in their family to attend college. Henberg was a first-generation college student.
When he came to College of Idaho, 26 percent of students identified themselves as first generation college students. That number has increased to 31 percent.
The college enrollment was 1,122 at the beginning of this school year.
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President Henberg announces retirement
College of Idaho President Marv Henberg, named the institution’s 12th president in 2009, has announced he will retire in June 2015. A national search for his successor will begin immediately.
As president, Henberg helped introduce the College’s distinctive PEAK curriculum, oversaw the return of the Coyote football program, created a joint master’s program in physician assistant studies in partnership with Idaho State University, and provided leadership as enrollment grew to record levels. In addition, The College of Idaho’s $175 million Advance The Legacy comprehensive campaign has received numerous substantial gifts during Henberg’s tenure, pushing the total amount raised to more than $160 million to date.
“The College of Idaho has strengthened the quality of its academic program and the overall student experience under President Henberg’s leadership,” said Candy Dale, chair of the C of I Board of Trustees. “We are thankful for his dedication to the College and the continued progress we are making as one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges.”
In December 2009, the College adopted its PEAK curriculum to better prepare students for a constantly changing future by earning a major and three minors spread across four academic peaks – the social sciences, natural sciences, fine arts and humanities, and a professional field. The College also announced the return of its football program in May 2012 and will begin competing in the Frontier Conference in September 2014.
These and other initiatives played a large role in the College growing its enrollment to a record 1,122 students in fall 2013. The current year’s student body also is the most diverse in the history of the C of I, with approximately 9 percent of students coming from other countries and more than 21 percent being domestic students of color.
Henberg, 65, said his five years at The College of Idaho have been a rewarding way to cap his career.
“Serving as president at The College of Idaho has been the highlight of my now 38 years teaching and administering in higher education,” Henberg said. “The world needs more College of Idaho graduates and I am thankful to have played a part in that.”
He noted that in 2015, two significant initiatives of his presidency – the master’s program in physician assistant studies and the return of the College’s football team – will be well under way, providing an optimal time for a presidential transition.
Henberg and his wife, Laurie, are looking forward to more time for travel and volunteer work following retirement.
Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.