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Joy Fisher Promoted to Executive Director of UI Foundation

June 02, 2017

On behalf of the University of Idaho Foundation, Inc. and Board Chair Karen Gowland, the University of Idaho is pleased to announce that Joy Fisher has been promoted to the position of executive director of the University of Idaho Foundation, effective May 28, 2017. 

“We’re pleased to have someone with Joy’s combination of dedication and experience at the helm of the University of Idaho Foundation,” said President Chuck Staben. “She will be a strong leader for the foundation’s mission to steward the University of Idaho’s excellence, whether it’s in supporting the aspirations of our students or enhancing our research and outreach activities.” 

Fisher has served the University of Idaho for 35 years, most recently serving as the director of finance for the Foundation, a role she has held since 2010. Her career at UI began in 1982, and she has held finance and accounting positions in the Student Union/ASUI, Controller’s Office and Business and Accounting Services.

A dedicated Vandal, Fisher graduated with a bachelor’s in accounting and finance in 1981, and she has a Master’s of Business Administration from Washington State University.

 “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to lead the Foundation as we work in partnership with the university. Working together with our dedicated Board of Directors and generous donors we will continue to expand the largest university foundation in Idaho,” Fisher said. “Private dollars create meaningful impact for our students, faculty and the important work of the University of Idaho.”

The UI Foundation is a separate nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that accepts and manages private support for the benefit of the University of Idaho.  With assets of over $300 million, the Foundation closely partners with University Advancement and the Office of the President to support the university’s strategic mission. 

"We are fortunate to have the continued benefit of Joy's vast experience and knowledge of the Foundation,” Gowland said. “The board is looking forward to building on the Foundation's long legacy of inspiring, managing and distributing support to enhance the excellence of the university."

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Jodi Walker
Director, University Communications

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