TWIN FALLS -- College of Southern Idaho President Gerald Beck is retiring.

Tuesday in a special session of the CSI Board of Trustees, Dr. Beck announced that he'll begin a six-month sabbatical on July 1st, and formally retire on December 31st.

Dr. Beck began his career with CSI in 1975 as a small engine repair instructor on the Twin Falls campus.

He went on to become coordinator of the school's Trade and Industrial Division, then dean of continuing education, before being named president in 2005.

The trustees have voted to appoint former CSI Foundation Executive Director Curtis Eaton to be interim president.

Eaton and the board have agreed that he will not be a candidate in the presidential search process that is set to begin next month.

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