President's Cabinet


Dr. Kent Tingey

Dr. Kent Tingey
Vice President for University Advancement
Administration 264, President's Suite
921 S. 8th Ave, Stop 8024
Pocatello ID, 83209-8024
(208) 282-3198

Dr. Kent Tingey is vice president for university advancement.  He is responsible for the advancement of the University through public and government relations, marketing, development, and alumni relations. Under his direction the University raised $152.5 million in its first-ever capital campaign.  Dr. Tingey has been with ISU for 17 years. Prior to that, he served as the Executive Assistant to U.S. Congressman Wayne Owens in Washington D.C.


Mr. James A. Fletcher

Mr. James A. Fletcher
Vice President for Finance and Administration

Administration 237
921 S. 8th Ave, Stop 8219
Pocatello ID, 83209-8219
(208) 282-2404/3540
Fax: (208) 282-4725

James A. Fletcher was appointed to the position of Vice President for Finance and Administration and Bursar in July 2007. Mr. Fletcher most recently served as the Vice Chancellor of Administration at the Texas A&M System in College Station, Texas. He has also previously served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Howard University, University of Colorado, and Morehouse College. Prior to that he worked in senior financial administration positions at the IBM and Unisys Corporations.


Dr. Cornelis J. Van der Schyf

Dr. Cornelis J. Van der Schyf
Vice President for Research

Office of Research
Administration Building 264
921 S. 8th Ave, Stop 8130
Pocatello ID, 83209-8130
(208) 282-3134

Neels Van der Schyf earned his BPharm, MSc, DSc (PhD), and DTE degrees from North-West University (NWU, formerly Potchefstroom University) in South Africa, and spent 1986-7 as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Connecticut and at the National Magnet Lab at MIT, Cambridge, MA.

Before joining Idaho State University in May 2013 as Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Van der Schyf was Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, Founding Chair and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy, and Professor of Neurobiology in the College of Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). At NEOMED he played a pivotal role in the establishment of the College of Pharmacy and was the primary author/architect in creating and establishing NEOMED's graduate program in Integrated Pharmaceutical Medicine (IPM) and in the creation of the College of Graduate Studies. He was also intimately involved with the planning and design of the new Research and Graduate Education (RGE) Building, a $42 million campus expansion focused on graduate research and education.

As of February 2015, he has published 116 peer-reviewed research and review articles, 205 abstracts and presentations - many of these as invited keynote speaker; 10 book chapters, several reports to industry, and numerous journal editorials. He holds 14 patents. He is the Editor-in- Chief of the Journal of Biophysical Chemistry and is or has been a member of the editorial advisory boards for an additional 11 international research journals and an invited guest editor for one. The impact of his research is reflected by his work receiving more than 2,400 peer citations in the literature. He has an h-index of 30 and an i10 index of 66.

Van der Schyf served as visiting professor in Australia (University of Queensland, Brisbane), Belgium (FUNDP, Namur), USA (Virginia Tech), and currently as Emeritus Extraordinary Professor at Northwest University (South Africa), and has extensive international experience. In addition to serving or having served (since 2002) as a chartered and ad hoc member on several NIH Study Sections and many other national and international research granting agencies (including the UK, Portugal, South Africa and the Russian Federation), he is a member of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society and Sigma Xi, and has received several teaching and research honors, including "Teacher of the Year" and "Most Cited Paper" awards, the APSSA Upjohn Achievement Award and South Africa's highest honor in drug discovery research, the FARMOVS Prize for Pharmacology and Drug Development.

Van der Schyf is also the recipient of the 2010 Olson/Blair Award for Administrative Excellence. He has been the major advisor for more than 20 graduate students since 1985 (11 PhDs, remainder MS degrees) and served on the graduate committees of more than 30 additional graduate students. He is an avid marathon runner.


Dr. Patricia Smith Terrell

Dr. Patricia Smith Terrell
Vice President for Student Affairs

Hypostyle 284
921 S. 8th Ave, Stop 8123
Pocatello ID, 83209-8123
(208) 282-2315
Fax: (208) 282-3719

Dr. Patricia Smith Terrell was appointed Vice President for Student Affairs in July 2011. She is responsible for co-curricular services, activities and programs that enhance the quality of student life, facilitate and advance learning, and contribute to the University's mission to develop global citizens who provide leadership to enrich a diverse society. She previously served as the chief student affairs officer at the University of Kentucky and Utah State University and in student affairs administrative roles at Southern Methodist University and the University of Louisville.


Dr. Laura Woodworth-Ney

Dr. Laura Woodworth-Ney
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Administration 264, President's Suite
921 S. 8th Ave, Stop 8063
Pocatello ID, 83209-8063
(208) 282-2171
Fax: (208) 282-4487

Currently the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Woodworth-Ney previously held the position of Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Idaho State University. Her former administrative appointments include chair of the department of history and co-director of women studies. A prolific scholar of history and the humanities, Woodworth-Ney has authored more than 30 articles, book reviews, and scholarly essays, as well as three books (several co-authored). Woodworth-Ney is a graduate of the Bryn Mawr HERS Institute for higher education leaders, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University, Provo. 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 earned a bachelor degree in English from the University of Idaho, and a PhD in American history and public history from Washington State University.


Randy Gaines

Randy Gaines
Chief Information Officer

Information Technology Services (ITS)
Business Administration B24
921 S 8th Ave Stop 8037
Pocatello, ID 83209
(208) 282-2873

Randy Gaines has served as Chief Information Officer since 2004, but has worked at ISU for almost 25 years. Randy initially came to ISU to help start the University's video distance Learning program and later served as Media Center Manager before becoming CIO. Outside of Information Technology Randy has helped teach Freshman Seminar while at ISU, and is currently serving as an I Love ISU Team Captain. Randy also serves on ISU's Accreditation Steering committee. Prior to coming to ISU Randy served as Pocatello Bureau Chief for KIFI TV news and worked for KIFI TV's Idaho Video.


Dotty Sammons
Faculty Senate Co-Chair

Associate Professor, Instructional Design & Technology
College of Education
921 S. 8th Avenue Stop 8081
Pocatello, ID 83209
Phone: 208-282-2569

Dr. Sammons has been at ISU, in a variety of positions, since 1990, and on faculty in the College of Education since 1999. Currently co-chair of Faculty Senate, she has also served on the University's Research Council, Faculty Research Committee, Academic Standards Committee, and Graduate Council. At the College level, she has been Chair of two departments and program leader for graduate programs in Instructional Design & Technology. Dr. Sammons has a BA in History from Bates College, an MA in Anthropology from the University of Utah, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (Instructional Technology emphasis) from Idaho State.


Paul R. Watkins

Paul R. Watkins, Ph.D.
Faculty Senate Co-Chair

Professor Higher Education Leadership
School Psychology & Educational Leadership
College of Education
921 S. 8th Avenue, Stop 8380
Pocatello, ID 83209

Dr. Paul Watkins is a professor working with doctoral students in Higher Education Leadership in the College of Education at ISU. He has served two years on the ISU faculty senate and now is co-chair of the senate for 2016-2017. Prior to joining ISU in 2013, he served as a consultant related to innovation in higher education, chief academic officer and vice president of academic affairs, dean of two different colleges, associate dean, director of a PhD program, and founding director of an interdisciplinary advanced technologies in information systems program. His background in accreditation and accountability in higher education has been broad and intensive. He has an extensive peer reviewed academic publication and presentation record and has made numerous presentations to professional societies and organizations. Additionally, he has been a consultant to a number of top level global companies and served on a United Nations sub-committee with members of the Brookings Institute dealing with issues related to transnational border flows. He earned tenure at the University of Southern California and received a number of awards and recognition for his scholarship, research grants, and service to the university and community


James H. Yizar

Dr. James H. Yizar Jr
President, Staff Council

Associate Director Student Success Center/Assistant Athletics, Director for Student Success
921 S 8th Ave Stop 8137
Pocatello, ID 83209
(208) 282-3662

Dr. James H. Yizar Jr. is the Associate Director for the Student Success Center/Assistant Athletic Director for Student Success at Idaho State. He is responsible for providing academic and cultural services regarding diversity, gender and student-athlete well-being issues throughout the University campus. He is responsible for coordinating orientation programs for student athletes and addressing barriers that impact retention and inclusion opportunities for at-risk student Athletes.

Dr. Yizar has has been involved with many ISU campus-wide projects, such as: co-chair of Administration Standards Committee for university accreditation; steering committee member and Diversity sub-committee chair for NCAA Athletics Certification, Athletic Compliance Committee, and Big Sky Conference Tournament Director for Softball and Volleyball. He has served as Associate Dean of Students, TRiO Director, New Student Orientation Director, Interim Housing Director, and Diversity Resource Center Director.

Dr. Yizar serves on many university and community boards, such as: Kasiska School of Health Professions-Department of Counseling Advisory Board; Minority Advisory Board, and Centennial Rotary Executive Committee. He is past president of the local branch of the NAACP, Centennial Rotary Club, and Access for Idaho. He currently is serving as an Ombuds contact for staff members at the university.


Mackenzie Smith
Student Body President

Phone Number: 208-936-0478
Office Number: (208) 282-3435
Fax: (208) 282-4451

Mackenzie is a senior majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in Pre-Law, She is from Nampa, ID and plans to attend graduate school after graduating this spring.


Jeff Tingey

Mr. Jeff Tingey
Athletic Director

Holt Arena, P.O Box 8173
550 Memorial Drive
Pocatello ID, 83209-8317
(208) 282-4064

Jeff Tingey became Athletic Director in July 2009 after serving as Interim Athletic Director and as the Assistant Director for Marketing and Corporate Sales. Tingey oversees all aspects of Idaho State's 15-sport athletic program.

In 2006-07, Tingey spent a year at Brigham Young University, where he handled the marketing profile for football, coordinating game-day presentation, scripts, and pre and post-game activities for the football team. Tingey also coordinated many athletic department special events and trade accounts.

Tingey graduated from Weber State University, where he ran track from 2000-2002. He also served as a marketing intern before he was hired as Weber State's Assistant Marketing Director.

Tingey is a Pocatello native, having lettered in track and football at Highland High School. He attended Ricks College where he played football and ran track before serving a two-year LDS mission to Fresno, Calif. He and his wife, Amber, have a young son, Ammon.


Kebai Bills

Kebai Bills
Alumni Board President 2015

Kebai grew up in Southeast Idaho enjoying the outdoors with her family and has been involved with ISU for the last 18 years in various capacities. She graduated from ISU with her Bachelor’s degree and went on to earn her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies all as a Bengal. As an undergrad she worked in two different biological sciences laboratories conducting research. Both projects (one in biochemistry involving second messenger systems in amoeba and one in genetics involving evolution and movements of mammals across Beringia) were accepted for publication and presented at universities in Kentucky, California, Alaska, and Idaho State University. As a Physician Assistant she has specialized in psychiatry and currently works in a local private practice. She has remained active in the Bengal community by precepting PA students in her practice and teaching the Psychiatry Module within the ISU’s PA Program.

Ms. Bills and her husband, also a Bengal Alum, are busy raising two future Bengals. They all enjoy much of what Pocatello has to offer, and spend much of their spare time in the Idaho backcountry.


Stacey Gibson

Stacey Gibson
Director of Equal Opportunity

Affirmative Action & Diversity

Stacey Gibson was appointed Director of Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Diversity in 2012. She spent the previous 6 years in ISU's Human Resources. She also oversees the Diversity Resource Center, the Anderson Gender Center and serves as the university's Title IX Officer. Prior to coming to ISU Stacey spent 14 years in the heavy equipment and automotive industries.


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209