Martin Schimpf, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will step down as provost at Boise State University on June 30 to return to the faculty.


“My decision to step down from the Office of the Provost at the end of this academic year comes with a flood of emotions,” Schimpf said. “Along with the day of my marriage, I consider joining Boise State University a moment of great fortune in my life.”

Schimpf joined the Boise State faculty in 1990 and served as chair of the Department of Chemistry, and associate dean and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, before being named provost in 2010.

During his tenure as provost, he was instrumental in building Idaho’s largest graduate school, including a series of new Ph.D. programs and increasing rates of Ph.D. graduates, which resulted in Boise State being classified as a doctoral research institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education in 2016. He led the development of the university’s strategic plan, revamped the student advising and academic experience, increased online offerings and much more.

“It has been a privilege to work alongside Marty Schimpf. His leadership has helped Boise State become nationally recognized as a doctoral research university, and his unwavering dedication has resulted in a transformative undergraduate experience for our students.”

– Boise State President Bob Kustra

Schimpf led a number of initiatives related to student success, including expansion of the four-year honors curriculum, enhanced tutoring and academic advising, and continued improvements to the foundational studies program. Under his watch, the university’s first-year retention rate has reached 80 percent, and Boise State was one of only five universities in the country recognized this year by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities for innovative approaches to improving student retention and graduation.

During his tenure, the university established the School for Public Service, the College of Innovation and Design, the School of Allied Health, the Center for Global Education and greatly expanded online offerings through its e-Campus. Twenty-one Boise State degrees now can be earned completely online.

Schimpf holds degrees in chemistry from the University of Washington and the University of Utah. His interdisciplinary research on thermophoresis and the characterization of nanomaterials has led to more than 80 internationally distributed publications in the scientific literature. He noted that his return to the Boise State faculty will allow him to spend more time writing and interacting directly with students.