CSI Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

The College of Southern Idaho is governed by a volunteer five-member board of trustees who are elected at large from within Twin Falls and Jerome Counties for staggered, four-year terms. Trustees derive their authority from and hold office in accordance to the state of Idaho Code.

Contact Information

CSI Board of Trustees
Phone: (208)732-6201
Fax: (208)732-6388
E-mail: csitrustees@csi.edu

CSI Trustee Zones Map

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CSI Trustee Zones Map

CSI Board of Trustees Members

Elected positions
Terms are 4 years
Board members do not receive any compensation

Mr. Karl Kleinkopf Mr. Karl Kleinkopf
Term ends 2018

Zone #1

Elected to the Board in 2010 and Re-elected in 2014. Karl is a third generation Idahoan born and raised in the Magic Valley. His formal education includes a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture Economics from the University of Hawaii (1969) and a Master's degree in Physical Education from the University of Idaho (1981). His 45 year career in education began in the Jerome School District in 1969 and continued with a position with the University of Idaho in Agricultural Research (1977-78). He went to work for the College of Southern Idaho in 1978 as a Track and Cross Country Coach and went on to become a Physical Education Professor, Athletic Director and Department Chair until he retired in 2010.

"This college has been great to me and my family. I have gained much from CSI and now it's time to give back to the institution that I really love." Education is a lifelong event and it's great to be a part of the process. There are many new challenges in Post-Secondary Education and we are seeing problems that we have never before experienced. My experience in Education lends a great helping hand to solving the issues of these challenging times at CSI.

Karl is an avid outdoorsman with a love of camping, wilderness travel, hunting and fishing as well as white water rafting and the grandchildren experience. He and his wife Sally reside in Kimberly, Idaho. They are the proud parents of Gabe Kleinkopf, Kami Korsen and Kelsey O'leary and grandparents to 3 grandchildren.

Mr. Bob Keegan Mr. Bob Keegan
Term ends 2018

Zone #5

Elected to the Board in 2010, Bob grew up in Twin Falls. He graduated from CSI in 1970 and attended Regis College receiving a business degree in 1972. His father founded a successful fresh potato business in Twin Falls which Bob and his brothers ran for 29 years. Bob feels the College of Southern Idaho is one of the most valuable assets in southern Idaho. He has seen tremendous growth from his student days to the present and is honored to be involved in the future growth of the College.

Mr. Laird Stone Mr. Laird Stone
Term ends 2020

Zone #2

Elected to the board in 2012, Laird was born and raised in Gooding. He received a bachelor's degree in Marketing and a Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Idaho. He was a member of the Idaho State Board of Education from 2001-2008. His community involvement includes El Korah Shrine Ambassador, All Star and Babe Ruth Baseball, Shrine High School All Star Football, recipient of a Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award, Snake River Council Boy Scouts, Mason's and Kiwanis. Laird is a partner in the law firm Stephan, Kvanvig, Stone, and Trainor. He is a strong supporter of the community college and the dual credit system with the high schools.

Jan Mittleider Jan Mittleider
Vice Chairman
Term ends 2020

Zone #4

Before being elected to the board in 2012, Jan was an educator at CSI spanning four decades until her retirement. She served as the first volleyball coach, a community wellness advocate and a champion of active aging programs. Her Over 60 and Getting Fit program for older adults has served as a model for countless community-based programs around the country. Jan continues to serve as a wellness consultant and community volunteer. She is a board member of the Magic Valley Arts Council, a regional representative for the Idaho Commission for the Arts and the President of the Full Moon Gallery, a local artist cooperative. “I love the mission of the community college and the opportunity to impact every stage of life from the cradle to the grave.” A native Idahoan, Jan enjoys, hiking, travel and photography.

Jack Nelsen Jack Nelsen
Term ends 2020

Zone #3

Jack Nelsen of Jerome was elected to the CSI Board of Trustees in November 2016. He is the first CSI board member to be elected from the all-Jerome County Zone 3 following the Idaho Legislature's 2016 zoning mandate to all of Idaho's community colleges.

Nelsen is a 1976 CSI graduate who went on to earn his bachelor's degree in music from the University of Redlands and his master's of education from Boise State University. A lifelong Jerome County resident, he taught band and music in the Wendell School District for three years before deciding to commit full time to his family's dairy farm.

Jack has remained active with CSI, playing trumpet in the pep band, jazz band, and Magic Valley Symphony before becoming the director of the CSI Pep Band in 1990. He held that position for nine years and taught as an adjunct faculty member in the CSI Music Department until 2012.

Nelsen has served Jerome County on its Planning and Zoning Commission, Mid-Snake Water Commission, and the Jerome County Republican Central Committee and is a member of the Jerome Rotary Club. His favorite activities include fly fishing and skiing.

Jack and his wife Emily are the parents of Chris, Greg, and Matt Nelsen. All three sons attended CSI.

Of his position on the CSI Board, Nelsen says, “I am so proud to continue my association with the college and to promote the 'community' in our community college."