Keith Ickes Named Executive Director of Planning and Budget

Tuesday, October 20 2009

Note to Media: Ickes is pronounced "Ick-ess"

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho has named Keith E. Ickes executive director of planning and budget. He assumes his new role Nov. 16.

Ickes will lead the new Office of Planning and Budget's strategic, operational and capital planning processes, and will create a sustainable budgeting model for the university and unite the elements of resource allocation, including planning, budget, research and assessment.

He will work closely with members of the university's senior leadership team and provide leadership in applying the university's resources to most effectively meet institutional priorities and academic programming needs. Ickes is responsible for: monitoring performance against budgets; advising and guiding university leadership on strategic resource allocation; developing and advising on long- and short-term institutional planning; and providing information and research to support decision making and strategic planning.

He will oversee the Offices of University Budget and Institutional Research as well as processes around Planning and Assessment; and Space and Capital Planning. This work supports the ongoing implementation of the university's strategic plan by linking planning with budget, thereby strengthening financial and administrative operations.

He will serve on the president’s executive team, president’s cabinet and provost’s council. Ickes will report directly to Provost and Executive Vice President Doug Baker.

"He has been a respected financial adviser, exhibiting remarkable fiscal expertise in acquiring property at great values to meet critical space needs," noted Baker in a memo to faculty and staff. "He has demonstrated acumen for environmental sustainability issues while negotiating a power purchase agreement with renewable energy credits. He has also strategically addressed issues and challenges of higher education, ranging from administrative leadership to data analysis and modeling in support of management decisions."

Ickes comes to the University of Idaho from Boulder County, Colo., where he serves as director of the Administrative Services Department. He has extensive experience examining budgeting processes, and developing and implementing a more strategic approach to funding needs and broader financial initiatives.

He also has demonstrated broad and successful experience in institutional research, planning and budgeting functions. Ickes has more than 15 years of leadership experience in higher education, including chief financial officer and vice president for administrative services, along with other roles at Colorado State University; university registrar at Cornell University; and assistant registrar at Indiana University – Bloomington.

"With a new president and relatively recent provost hire, the University of Idaho seems poised to address both its challenges and opportunities in creative and sound ways," said Ickes. "I was impressed by the positive attitudes I encountered on campus during my visit in August, and I know that positive people can achieve much, even in difficult financial times."

He holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, and a master's degree in philosophy from Indiana University – Bloomington. He received his MBA degree from Colorado State University.
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit