New Boise State president appointed

April 23, 2019 GMT

BOISE — The Idaho State Board of Education has named Marlene Tromp as the seventh president of Boise State University. She is the first female president in the university’s history.

For the past two years, Tromp has served as the campus provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of California at Santa Cruz, ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the 26th best public university in the country. Previously, Tromp served as the dean of Arizona State University’s New Interdisciplinary College of Arts and Sciences and the vice provost of the university’s West Campus.

“Dr. Tromp has held leadership roles at two of the West’s top universities and now she will become president of a third one,” Linda Clark, Idaho State Board member and Boise State screening committee chairwoman, said in a release. “Boise State’s momentum has been building for years, and Dr. Tromp is the right person to continue that momentum and to build on it moving forward. It was clear in surveys after the candidates visited Boise State last month that Dr. Tromp was the campus community’s top pick. The board shares their enthusiasm about Boise State’s next president.”

Clark thanked the Boise State faculty and students for their input during the 18-month selection process.

Tromp’s appointment will be effective July 1, with the annual salary of $425,000.

“It will be an exciting new chapter for me to come to Boise State. I will be proud to lead the dedicated faculty and staff as they serve the students and Idaho, and to advance the transformative work of the institution,” Tromp said in a release. “A pioneering university that has already made phenomenal advances, Boise State will have an extraordinary impact on our rapidly growing city and state. The future holds great promise for Boise State, its affiliates and the community it serves.”

Former President Bob Kustra led the university for 15 years, with a most recent salary of $411,000, according to Idaho Education News. Martin Schimpf, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, has served as interim president since July 1 with a salary of $390,860.