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Forum: Sharing the Job: Two Unconventional Candidates Leading the College of Idaho in Uncertain Times
Monday, December 10, 2018, 11:45am- 1:15pm
The Grove Hotel, Ballroom 2nd floor

 

City Club of Boise is happy to highlight Jim Everett and Doug Brigham, Co-Presidents for The College of Idaho, as they discuss exploring a new model of collaborative leadership at a challenging time in Education.

 

In a world where jobs that will exist in 20 years have not even been dreamed of, these leaders believe that a residential liberal arts education is more relevant than ever. Having said that, they acknowledge that liberal arts colleges that have been around for more than a century close their doors every year. In a state with some of the lowest “go on” rates in the nation, it is sometimes a heavy lift to demonstrate the critical importance of a liberal arts education which instills a lifelong curiosity and love for learning and strong critical thinking skills. How do we demonstrate the value of what we have to offer? How do we make the financial model work for both the student and the institution? At the College of Idaho, Jim and Doug are modeling a collaborative team approach to address these exciting opportunities that colleges and universities face today. Eight months in, they think that the co-president model makes sense.

 

The stakes are high and there is a sense of urgency. Education continues to be the key to our economic success and to shaping the kind of world we want our children and grandchildren to grow up in. Please join us for to hear how they are tackling these issues with their unique model of leadership.

 

 

Speaker Biographies

 

Jim Everett, Co-President, The College of Idaho

 

Jim Everett was officially named Co-President of The College of Idaho in February, 2018 after a 41-year career with the YMCA. Everett became the CEO of the Boise YMCA when it consisted of a single branch with 3,000 members in 1987. Over the course of the next 29 years with the support of a great team and community, he helped to transform it into a thriving organization comprised of six new facilities serving more than 57,000 members across the Treasure Valley. The accolades he earned along the way are too numerous to list in a single biography, but include St. Luke’s Light of Philanthropy, CEO of Influence, the Idaho Statesman Distinguished Citizen of the Year, Big Brother of the Year, Salvation Army Citizen of the Year, and many others. Everett’s proven skills in fundraising include successful capital campaigns in which the Y raised more than $100 million, and the rapid expansion of facilities under his leadership included one of the first Y camps built in the US during the last 50 years. He retired as CEO of the Treasure Valley YMCA in 2016 after more than 29 years at the helm, leaving the organization with net assets of more than $42 million.

 

Doug Brigham, Co-President, The College of Idaho

 

Doug Brigham was officially named Co-President of The College of Idaho in February, 2018, after a 10-year career with TitleOne Corporation, where he last served as president of the local title and escrow company. TitleOne has 200 employees and 15 offices covering the state of Idaho. Brigham first joined TitleOne in 2008 as vice president for strategic growth, focusing on growing the footprint of the company and moved into the role of president in 2014. During that time the company grew from four offices in three counties to 14 offices in 14 counties. For the past five years, TitleOne has been recognized among the Top 10 “Best Places to Work in Idaho.” Prior to joining TitleOne, Brigham enjoyed a 20-year career with Washington Group International (WGI) and its predecessor company Morrison Knudsen Corporation – a Fortune 500 international engineering and construction company. He served in a variety of financial roles at WGI including Corporate Treasurer, Corporate Controller, Business Unit CFO, and ultimately ran the Operations & Maintenance business unit. During his time at WGI, he served at the corporate headquarters in Boise, Idaho, and Business Unit offices in Cleveland, Ohio and Princeton, New Jersey. Doug has a Bachelor of Business Administration from The College of Idaho and an MBA from Boise State University. He’s also a former trustee and past chair of the Board of Trustees of The College of Idaho and is a past member of the Northwest Blue Ribbon Committee for the Treasure Valley YMCA. Doug and his wife live in Boise, Idaho, and have three children.

 


Lunch Cost:             

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  $27 general public            

  $10 students

Listen only: $5 (available in advance or at the door)

Reserved table for 10: $350

 

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City Club thanks our Premier Sponsor, AARP of Idaho and our annual sponsors, including Northwest Nazarene University, and Idaho Humanities Council. This Forum Series is sponsored by the contributions made by Micron, Echelon Group. We are pleased to welcome university students to attend our events thanks to our University partners Boise State University and University of Idaho. Our media partners include Peppershock Media, 670 KBOI, Idaho Statesman, and Boise State Public Radio.

 

 

Chair: Hollis Brookover
Moderator: Kevin Richert
 
 
 
Forum: The Great Divide
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018, 11:45am-1:15pm
The Grove Hotel, Ballroom 2nd floor
Fred Birnbaum, Luke Mayville, Lauren Necochea
Voters in Idaho will decide if Medicaid should be expanded to include Idahoans in “the gap” — those who aren’t covered by their employer or another agency and cannot afford to buy health insurance, yet fall outside the income qualifications for Medicaid under current state laws.

 

Proponents say health care should be viewed as a basic human right, and that government has a role and obligation in stepping in. In addition, they believe that supporting access to health care among all populations could save money in the long run as well as boost health and wellness. Today, the costs faced by uninsured or underinsured Idahoans who face major health bills can land on counties required to help pay for indigent health care, and a state catastrophic fund that helps cover the costs. In total, the program has cost Idaho and its counties between $30 million and $50 million a year in the past few years.

 

Opponents disagree, arguing that expanding Medicaid for adults comes at the expense of programs for children and pregnant women — and takes away potential funding for roads, schools and other federal and state priorities. The opportunity for states to expand Medicaid stems from changes that were part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, and opponents argue any expansion is a step toward a federally mandated and controlled health care system.

 

City Club has convened a panel including the major proponent and opponent of the initiative, and a nonprofit research organization to provide analysis on the “numbers” affecting this decision.

 

In true City Club fashion, this will not be a debate, but rather a civil discussion about an important decision facing voters this fall.

 

Speaker Biographies:

 

Fred Birnbaum joined the Idaho Freedom Foundation as vice president and chief operating officer after working 25 years in the paper and packaging industry. Most recently he served as director of business and financial analysis for Packaging Corporation of America (formerly Boise Inc.) and has lived in Boise since 2000. His experience in industry includes roles in finance, operations, project management and factory management. Fred served in the U.S. Army as a communication staff officer and platoon leader and worked briefly for US Senator John Glenn, as a Military Affairs Fellow, following his Army career He received his master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

 

Luke Mayville, Reclaim Idaho, has recently taught civics and political philosophy at Columbia University and authored a book on President John Adams. He grew up in Sandpoint and attended North Idaho College before earning a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and a PhD in political science from Yale University. He has served as Co-Chair of the Parish Pastoral Council at Blessed Sacrament Church, a Catholic parish where he also served as Chair of the Social Action Committee. In 2017 he co-founded Reclaim Idaho, a grassroots campaign to secure full funding for Idaho's public schools, protection of Idaho's public lands, and affordable healthcare for all Idaho citizens.

 

Lauren Necochea, Director of the Idaho Fiscal Policy Center, has directed programs for Jannus since 2011. Lauren previously oversaw and evaluated programs addressing children’s safety and health hazards for the Baltimore City Health Department. Prior to that, she was a policy fellow with joint appointments at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Princeton University’s Center for Health and Wellbeing. She has evaluated anti-poverty programs internationally and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study microfinance in Peru. Lauren earned her Master in Public Affairs at Princeton University and holds a B.A. in Economics from Pomona College.

 


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City Club thanks our Premier Sponsor, AARP of Idaho and our annual sponsors, including Northwest Nazarene University, and Idaho Humanities Council. This Forum Series is sponsored by the contributions made by Micron, Echelon Group. We are pleased to welcome university students to attend our events thanks to our University partners Boise State University and University of Idaho. Our media partners include Peppershock Media, 670 KBOI, Idaho Statesman, and Boise State Public Radio.

 

 

Chair: Julia Robinson, DPA
Moderator: Bill Russell
Underwriters: Saint Alphonsus