Volume 43 | Number 2 | Fall 2013
Fall 2013 Issue | By Andrew Taylor
Idaho State University has announced that Laura Woodworth-Ney is its new provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Woodworth-Ney, who has served as ISU associate vice president for academic affairs the past three years, was selected after a national search was carried out. She replaces Barbara Adamcik, who has served as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs since June 2010.
"In addition to being a scholar of history and the humanities, Dr. Woodworth-Ney has excellent credentials as an administrator," said ISU President Arthur C. Vailas. "Her experience working as an administrator at a broader level throughout the state and region in the areas of curricular effectiveness, program development and sustainability, and academic partnerships will be especially valuable as ISU continues to grow and meet the needs of its students and the state."
Woodworth-Ney's former administrative appointments at ISU include chair of the department of history and co-director of women studies. She also served on the ISU Faculty Senate, both as a senator and as an elected member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. Woodworth-Ney, who has been at ISU since 1999, has authored more than 30 articles, book reviews, and scholarly essays, as well as three books (several co-authored).
An award-winning editor, she is the former editor-in-chief of Idaho Yesterdays, the state historical society's scholarly journal; a founding co-editor of Idaho Landscapes, the Idaho State Historical Society's magazine of Idaho history, politics, and culture; the founding editor of the Women's Western Voices book series at the University of Arizona Press; and is a member of the editorial board for the Pacific Northwest Quarterly.
Woodworth-Ney says she is passionate about the potential of higher education to change lives, and is an active public speaker on the topics of culture, history and education.
Woodworth-Ney earned a bachelors degree in English from the University of Idaho, and a PhD in American history and public history from Washington State University.
Woodworth-Ney, a native of Rupert, is a fourth-generation Idahoan, and lives in Pocatello with her husband, John Ney, and son. John is the ISU College of Business director for professional development.