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(Idaho Falls). An eastern Idaho native, graduate of the University of Idaho and a thirty-year employee of the institution will be the next president of Eastern Idaho Technical College (EITC).

Dr. Steven Albiston, PhD., the current Vice-President for Instruction and Student Affairs will assume the duties of president starting January 1, 2012. “I am truly thrilled to have been given this opportunity,” said Albiston. “I’m looking forward to working with everyone; all the students, faculty, staff and supporters who do so much in helping our students succeed.”

Albiston, who was born and raised in St. Anthony, graduated from South Fremont High School, holds a bachelor’s, masters and doctorate from the University of Idaho. He came to EITC in October of 1981 as an Admissions/Vocational Counselor. He has held a number of positions including Student Services Coordinator, Student Services Manager, Dean of Students, and most recently Vice-President for Instruction and Student Affairs.

“Steve impressed us,” said Emma Atchley of Ashton, member of the Idaho State Board of Education and chair of the EITC Presidential Search Committee. “We had a very strong pool of applicants and Steve consistently rose to the top of the list. We’re thrilled to have him leading this campus.”

The position became open when current EITC President Burton Waite announced his retirement in June 2011, effective December 31, 2011.

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