College of Southern Idaho President Gerald Beck is retiring, according to a news release from the college. He will step down as president of the college July 1 and will retire officially on Dec. 31.
The CSI board of trustees has appointed former CSI Foundation Executive Director Curtis Eaton interim president, effective July 1.
The release stated that Beck began working for CSI, which is in Twin Falls, in 1975 as a certified technical instructor in small engine repair. After being promoted to several other posts with CSI, he was named president in 2005.
Beck said a factor in his retirement was a successful surgery in May to correct chronic nerve issues. He anticipates further surgeries to address the problem.
Eaton and the board have agreed he will not be a candidate for the college’s presidency after serving as interim president.
The board of trustees will conduct a nationwide search for a new president. Former CSI board member Alan Frost will lead the selection committee, with board members Jan Mittleider and Laird Stone overseeing the committee’s work as nonvoting liaisons.