Gerald Beck, president at College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls since 2005, will step down on July 1.
Curtis Eaton, a former Idaho State Board of Education member and former CSI Foundation executive director, will become the school’s interim president.
College of Southern Idaho is College of Western Idaho’s accrediting body until CWI is granted independent accreditation.
Beck, 64, will formally retire in December after taking a sixth month sabbatical.
Beck decided to retire following surgery in May when he had four of his neck vertebrae fused to help correct some nerve issues. Additional surgery is expected.
“The College of Southern Idaho needs steady, reliable leadership and I am simply not able to provide that right now,” he said. “Turning over the presidency at this time is in the college’s best interest.”
Beck began his career at CSI in 1975 teaching small engine repair. He later became dean of continuing education and executive vice president and chief academic officer.
CSI’s Board of Trustees will conduct a national search for Beck’s replacement.