CWI Board Names Aberle-Cannata Interim President

Provost Denise Aberle-Cannata
May 13, 2021

College of Western Idaho (CWI) Board of Trustees voted unanimously during their meeting on Thursday, May 13, to appoint Provost Denise Aberle-Cannata as CWI’s Interim President effective May 16.

The appointment of Aberle-Cannata will ensure the uninterrupted operation of the College as the search process continues for the next President of CWI. 

“Interim President Aberle-Cannata has experience in several roles and settings which has provided her with a valuable understanding of higher education ranging from operations to instruction,” said Chair Molly Lenty. “She is an extremely capable leader with deep institutional credibility that will serve CWI and our students well.”

Aberle-Cannata is committed to advancing a culture of care for students, faculty, and staff while serving the community.

“I am honored and humbled to serve,” said Aberle-Cannata. “CWI is a special place and I know that all of us are committed to continuing to support our students, our faculty and staff, and our communities as we work towards welcoming a new president in the future. It will be very much a team effort as my fellow cabinet colleagues will continue to play a pivotal role as we engage in all the areas and aspects involving CWI.” 

CWI Board of Trustees chose Summit Search Solutions to assist with the search process. Focus groups are being established to help provide input on the president profile, and individuals are being selected to participate on the search committee.

Visit CWI’s Presidential Search webpage to learn more about the process and to attend the Business and Community focus group on May 21.