College of Eastern Idaho announces new president

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IDAHO FALLS — The College of Eastern Idaho has named Rick Aman as its new president.

The announcement made by the CEI Board of Trustees Wednesday.

Aman, who was acting as the institution’s interim president, was among four finalists who had been interviewing for the position. Aman also worked as president of Eastern Idaho Technical College, before it transitioned to CEI earlier this year. Originally, more than 40 candidates were being considered for the new position.

Aman could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening.

Presidential Search Committee chairwoman Stephanie Mickelsen said Aman was selected on the basis of his passion for the mission of community colleges and his vision for the College of Eastern Idaho, according to a news release.

Board chairman Park Price said trustees were impressed with the qualifications of the final candidates and said the comments of the search committee as well as the comments received during the public forums were helpful to the trustees in making the final selection.

“The College of Eastern Idaho has a bright future,” Price said in the release. “In the unanimous opinion of the trustees, Dr. Aman is the right person to lead the institution and we are fortunate he has enthusiastically accepted the challenge.”

Rick Aman earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Community College Leadership from Oregon State University, a Master of Business Administration from Golden Gate University, a Bachelor of Science in Education from Oregon State College, and an Associate of Science in Computer Applications from Mt. Hood Community College, according to the CEI news release.

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